the Practice

ADA KARMI-MELAMEDE ARCHITECTS was established in 1985 upon Karmi-Melamede's return from fifteen years of teaching and working in the United States. The practice has been involved in a range of projects of public and private scale, including The Supreme Court of Israel, numerous educational buildings, research facilities, industrial plants, housing and private residences. The work extends from large scale urban design to small scale interiors, including custom designed furniture and fittings. "We strive to create buildings and environments that are responsive to each individual program and setting, and express the way they are made through careful detailing in the design phase and continuous involvement in the construction process. To the extent possible, we rely on local building technologies and systems as well as available materials. We work in an environment where local craft and industry are still very prevalent. This forces us to continually experiment and challenge our instincts and insights. A constant dialogue with our clients and an ongoing collaboration with our consultants support the entire design process. We believe that Architecture is about making real places and we strive to minimize the gap between substance and appearance. Creative architecture is about now and before, deriving its essence from extending and interpreting both for the long term."




The Supreme Court Building, Jerusalem (with Ram Karmi) – published in 1993.

Single Family House (with Hanan Pomagrin) – published in 2002.

Life Sciences Buildings – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (with David Robins) – published in 2003 by Birkhauser

Architecture in Palestine During the British mandate, 1917-1948. Ada Karmi-Melamede and Dan Price. Published in 2011 by Tel-Aviv Museum of Art


Architecture, volume 92, No.5, "Gravitational Pull", May 2003
a. Life Sciences Building – University Ben-Gurion, Beer-Sheva
b. Gottenstein House – Ramat Hasharon
Architecture of Israel, No. 53, May 2003
The Life Sciences Building – University Ben-Gurion, Beer-Sheva
Architecture of Israel, No. 52, February 2003
Israel Antiquities Center Competition
Architecture of Israel, No.38, "Campus Campaign – Medical School", Summer 1999
Domus, No.813, “The Supreme Court, Jerusalem”, March 1999
Architecture of Israel, No.33, special issue for fifty years of Architecture, Spring 1998
a. the Supreme Court
b. Private house, North Tel-Aviv, 1991
c. restored office building, Tel-Aviv, 1992 Architecture of Israel, No.32, “Adaptation 1”, Winter 1998.
Contemporary Stone design, Volume 3 No.1, “A Law written in stone”, Winter 1997.
Binyian vediur, No. 49 “The Spiritual Dimension”, April-May 1997.
Yitzuv No.32, "The Moritz Tuchler building - The new which preserves the old" (Maritime Bank), July 1997.
Architecture of Israel No. 25, “Orchestration motif in the architecture of Ada Karmi-Melamede”, April-May 1996.
New Zealand City Voice, "Biblical High Court", March 1996.
Zodiac 14, "The Israel Supreme Court", Sept.1995-February 1996.
Architectural Design - profile No. 124, Architecture & Anthropology,
“Ada Karmi-Melamede and Ram Karmi - Supreme Court of Jerusalem”
“House in North Tel-Aviv, Ada Karmi-Melamede”, 1996.
Architecture after Modernism by Diane Ghirardo (Chapter 2 - Domestic Space p. 135-137), Kauffman House in Tel-Aviv, 1996.
New York Times, "A Public Work that ennobles as it serves" by Paul Goldberger, The Supreme Court building, 13 August 1995.
Globes, “Ada Karmi-Melamede Renews Ein-Harod Museum”, 1 January 1995.
A.A. Files No. 27, "The Supreme Court Building, Jerusalem", 1994.
Ariel -The Israel Review of Arts and Letters No.95, "The Supreme Court Building", 1994.
Yitzuv No.20, The Supreme Court Building, March 1994.
Journal of Architects and Engineers in Israel, "The Supreme Court Building in Israel - The Book", March 1994.
L'Industria delle Costruzioni No.269, "The New Supreme Court Building in Jerusalem", March 1994.
Binyian vediur, "The first Boulevard", January-March 1994.
International Architecture and Construction No.1, "Fine judgement", The Supreme Court building, 1993.
Interior Design, "Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi-Melamede", The Supreme Court building, December 1993.
A+U No.278, The Supreme Court building, November 1993.
Mivnim No.134, "The house on Ahad Haam St.35, Tel-Aviv" (Maritime Bank), October 1993.
Bulletin No.36, "The Moritz Tuchler building - The new which preserves the old" (Maritime Bank), September -October 1993.
Progressive Architecture, "A Job of a lifetime", The Supreme Court Building, April 1993.
The Architectural Review, "Supreme Being" The Supreme Court Building, March 1993.
Studio No.41 - Journal of arts and letters, The Supreme Court Building, February 1993.
Mivnim No.124-special issue, The Supreme Court Building, January 1993.
Architecture of Israel No.14, The Supreme Court Building, "The line, the circle and the conflict", December 1992.
Design No.15 - Design and Planning Quarterly, Supreme Court Building.
Bauwelt 15, "The Kaufman House", April 1992.
Yitzuv No.11, “The Renewed Linkage at the Open University”, December 1991.
Progressive Architecture, "Kaufman House". November 1991.
100 Contemporary Architects - Drawings and sketches, Harry Abrams Inc., Publishers N.Y., 1991.
Perspecta 26 - The Yale Architecture Journal. "The Supreme Court Building", 1990.
Architecture In Israel: 1989 Yearbook, "Art Museum Ein Harod", 1989.
Architecture In Israel: 1989 Yearbook, "Open University", 1989.
Adrichalut, No.10, “Argaman Electronics, Arel”, October 1987.
Tel-Aviv Museum Publications, "The Supreme Court Building, an architectural competition", 1987.
Architectural Design, Vol.57 No.78. "The Jerusalem Supreme Court Competition Entry", 1987.
Metropolis, "The Jerusalem Supreme Court Competition", December 1986.
Architectural Record, "Arel Electronics Industries", March 1986.
Progressive Architecture,"Unbuilt Projects" - Two Adjacent Houses, February 1986.
Oculus, Vol.47 No.5, "1985 Architectural Awards for Unbuilt Projects - Two Adjacent Houses - Honor Award", January 1986.
TVAI 23, "House in Afeka", 1985.
U.I.A. International Architects, Issue 9 - "House in Afeka", 1984.
Interior Design, "Domore Showroom", March 1983.
Design Quarterly No.113-114, "City Segments Design Exhibition Catalogue",
April 1980.
Interior Design, "China Seas Showroom", September 1980.
Interior Design, "Canovas Showroom", November 1978.
U.D.C., "Roosevelt Island Competition", 1978.
Lotus International Number 14, "Con Edison - Kips Bay Development", March 1977.
Long Island City Study, Publication sponsored by the Municipal Art Society and the New York City Planning Commission, July 1976.
Progressive Architecture, "Second Avenue Study", January 1975.
Architecture Plus, "Second Avenue Subway Study", January 1974.
New York Times, "Second Avenue Study", 1974.
New York Magazine, "Second Avenue Study", January 1974.

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