Ketevani Kurdiani



Honored Artist of Georgia
The First Georgian woman architect


Ketevan Sokolova was born in Tbilisi on January 15 1905.

In 1922 she graduated from the 3rd Girls’ Gymnasium of Tbilisi and entered the Architecture Division of Tbilisi State University Polytechnic Faculty.

In 1929 Ketevan Sokolova graduated from the Architectural Faculty of the Georgian Polytechnic Institute at the same time with Archil Kurdiani.

Ketevan’s father Nikoloz Sokolov was a lawyer and mother – Mariam Porakishvili – artist, student of famous German painter Oskar Schmerling.

As the political views of Ketevan’s father did not suit the tsarist Russia, he was banned from living in large cities of the Imperium including Tbilisi. For a long time young Ketevan stayed with the family of her close relative Giorgi Asatiani, the deacon of Tbilisi Sioni Church.

After graduation Ketevan and Archil got married and founded a dynasty with rich architectural traditions.

Ketevan’s and Archil’s son Gia is the Meritorious Architect of Georgia and Companion of the Order of Honor. Their grandson, Archil Kurdiani Junior is member of the Association of Architects of Georgia and laureate of International Socrates Award. Gia Kurdiani’s grandson Giorgi is also architect – he received his BA at the Architectural Faculty of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, took a course of postgraduate studies in Brussels University and received the Master of Architecture and Design Theory degree in the University of Liechtenstein.

Ketevan started to work as professional architect during her student years.

Her first project was to design a villa for a Persian aristocrat on order of German construction company “Altebauag”.

Further on she designed and realized Georgia’s first tea-processing plant in Chakvi and planned villages in the revived lowlands of Kolkheti.

Together with I. Zhitkovski, Ketevan was actively involved in construction of Georgia Pavilion designed by Archil Kurdiani for the National Economy Achievement Exhibition in Moscow.

The majority of Ketevan Kurdiani’s projects - administrative buildings and houses, Hotel Intourist in Gori, designed jointly with Archil Kurdiani, etc. - are realized.

Speaking of architectural and artistic value, Ketevan Kurdiani’s projects reveal her high artistic potential and purely Georgian, national architectural vision.

Ketevan Kurdiani contributed significantly to development of Georgian architecture.

Ketevan Kurdiani was intensively involved in public work and activity of the Union of Architects of Georgia.

Ketevan Kurdiani died on August 26 1988.