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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."

AKM

Exhibitions

November 11, 1999 - Bauhaus in Israel Fourth International Biennale of Architecture at Sao Paolo, Brazil
January 25, 2000
February 1998 - " Thinking Free Hand - Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
January 13, 1994 - The Supreme Court Building - Royal Institute of British Architects.
November 17, 1992 - " The Supreme Court Building: from Planning to Realization - The Israel Museum,
Jerusalem.
July 5, 1987 - The Supreme Court Competition - The Tel-Aviv Museum.
April 5, 1987 - The Supreme Court Competition - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
1985 - Unbuilt Projects - Academy of Design, New York.
April 1980 - "The City Segments" - exhibition at the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
and Purchase University, New York.

Professional Memberships

Registered Architect in the State of New York (1980).
Member of the American Institute of Architects.
1964 - present: Registered Architect and member of the I.I.A. - Israeli Institute of Architects and Engineers.
1962 - present: Member of the Architectural Association, London.
1979 - 1982: Member of the A.I.A. - Bruner Award Committee.

Juries

Hertzlyia Municipality - Member of Jury in the competition for the design of Hertzlia coast, May 2002
Wolf Prize in Arts - Wolf Foundation Jury - 2000/2001.
AIA New York Chapter - Jury of 1997 Design Awards Program, September 1997.
Progressive Architecture - Jury of Annual Awards, January 1993.

Teaching experience

Yale University - Fall 1993 - Eero Saarinen Chair - Visiting Professor
Univ. of Penn. - Fall 1991 - Visiting Critic
Yale University - Fall 1985 - William Henry Bishop Chair - Visiting Professor
Columbia Univ. - July 1977 - May 1982 Professor of Architecture
January 1974 - June 1977 Adjunct Professor
January 1973 - May 1976 Adjunct Associate Professor
February 1972 - May 1972 Adjunct Assistant Professor
October 1969 - May 1971 Lecturer in Architecture

Visiting critic

Yale University
Harvard University
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Columbia University
University of Pennsylvania

Lectures

April 15, 2004 - Architectural League in N.Y.City /" Architecture as Catalyst" series "Personal Ground"
October 9, 2003 - Japan Institute of Architecture, Sendai "Recent Work"
November 8, 2001 - Collegui de Arquitectes de Catalunya "Louis Kahn"
June 6, 2000 - B.Design Interior, Givataiim Theater - "Inside-Outside-Inside"
January 26, 1999 - Museum of Art, Haifa - Recent Work July 6, 1998 - Enav Center, Tel-Aviv - "Urban Renewal" (Hadassa Residential complex)
April 1, 1998 - Swiss Italian University, Lugano - Form and process. March 3,1998 - Helsinki University of Technology - Recent Work.
April 15, 1997 - M.I.T. - The Eleventh Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecture - Recent Work.
April 10, 1997 - Yale University - Recent Work.
Sept . 27, 1996 - University of Pennsylvania - Recent Work. March 21, 1996 - The Architalx Lecture Committe, Portland, Maine - "The Design of Israel's Supreme Court".
February 2, 1996 - Betzalel Academy, Jerusalem - "The Supreme Court".
January 17, 1994 - Architectural Association, London - The Supreme Court, Public lecture.
January 1, 1994 - Reuven House (Rubin Museum) - "The Supreme Court building - the architectural concept".
November 11, 1993 - Williams College.
November 8, 1993 - Yale University.
October 11, 1993 - School of Architecture Gainsville.
May 3, 1993 - Open University - Lecture series on Architecture.
September 23, 1991 - University of Pennsylvania - Monday Lecture Series.
May 6, 1991 - Israeli Architects Association - Jerusalem Chapter.
May 8, 1989 - Israeli Architect Association - Tel-Aviv Chapter.
May 16, 1989 - "The Place of Knowledge" - a symposium in Jerusalem.
March 6, 1989 - Open University - Lecture Series on Art and Architecture.
October 2, 1985 - Berkeley University - Wednesday Lecture Series.
October 16, 1985 - Yale University - Wednesday Lecture Series.
April 9, 1984 - Israeli Architects Association - Haifa Chapter.
November 20, 1984 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Monthly Lecture Series.
October 23, 1984 - The Jewish Museum,N.Y.- Symposium, International Style Architecture: From Europe to
Israel and the U.S.
April 9, 1984 - University of Pennsylvania - Monthly Lecture Series.
October 30, 1983 - Columbia University - Wednesday Lecture Series.
March 21, 1983 - Tulane University - The Lawrence Lecture.

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