Diran Depanian

AIA Principal

I am Diran Depanian. I was born in Yerevan Armenia while it still was a part of the Soviet Union, and arrived in USA at the age of 17, after a 6 month stay in Italy. I was always interested in buildings and historical Architecture while growing up in Armenia, but Italy is where my interest in Architecture solidified. Initially I studied Architecture at Los Angeles City College and ultimately received my Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Southern California. I attended a summer quarter at the University of Venice, Italy, while I was at USC.

After graduation I worked in 3 Architectural offices of various sizes, before starting my own practice in 1994 with my 2 partners John Tegtmeyer and John Miller.

I have 2 adult children, both are University graduates, one is a psychologist with a master’s degree, the other is a historian working for the LA County government.

Traveling and immersing myself in various cultures, their food, architecture, customs and so on, is my passion. To share my experiences on my travels, I usually conduct a short lunch seminar for the TDM team and other invited guests. I also enjoy movies, art and reading.