Moshe Safdie

May 21, 2010 posted by DesignIntelligence

Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA (born July 14, 1938) is an architect and urban designer. He was born in the city of Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine. He moved with his family to Montreal, Canada when he was 15 years old. An excellent student, he studied architecture at McGill University and apprenticed under Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. At age 24, his master's thesis was selected to be constructed as part of the Expo 67 celebration. The Habitat 67 project, a complex of cellular residences that could be lifted into place like Lego blocks, propelled him onto the world stage. In 1967, he returned to Israel, where he was part of the team that refurnished Old Jerusalem. He now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has Canadian, Israeli, and United States citizenship.

In 1978, he became Director of the Urban Design Program and the Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His company, Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc. is based out of Somerville, Massachusetts with branch offices in Toronto and Jerusalem.

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