In the federal republics, where national sentiments were awoken more than ever in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, some Soviet architects were asked to colour modernism with architectural techniques borrowed from their pre-colonial past. Moreover, in most of the federated republics of Transcaucasia and Central Asia, a new generation of architects native to their republics were beginning to practice due to the opening of architectural faculties in these regions and the popularization of the profession.  The vernacular imprint, the weight of the national narrative and the political context have more so than elsewhere influenced the practice of architects, particularly in the design of government facilities.