Neoclassical architect who transformed the small city of Yerevan into the modern capital of Armenia. He designed such Yerevan features as the hydroelectric station, the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the Republic Square.
He graduated from St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1904. He designed V. P. Kochubei's mansion in Tsarskoye Selo in 1911 and Prince S. A. Scherbatov's house in Novinski Boulevard.
He was a chairman on the Committee for the Protection of Historic Monuments in Armenia and had a part in restoring many of the country's landmarks.
His father was a banker in Yekaterinodar. He married Camilla Edwards and their two sons, Gevorg and Yulius, also became architects.
He died in Armenia, where boxer Arthur Abraham was born.