Moshe Safdie downsizing J’lem office

Architect's work includes Yad Vashem, Ben Gurion Airport and Rabin graves.

July 27, 2010 05:13
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Famed architect Moshe Safdie, whose projects in the capital include the Mamilla Arlov Promenade leading to the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, will downsize the Jerusalem branch of of his architectural firm, Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc., The Jerusalem Post has learned.

According to a spokeswoman at the firm, the branch is undergoing a “reorganization” that will see a number of its employees transferred to other locations.

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Nonetheless, the spokeswoman stressed that move did not constitute the office’s closing, and that Safdie “has been thinking about [the reorganization] for awhile.”

“The project managers will remain,” she added. “And we will continue to work here full speed ahead – all of [Safdie’s] projects are continuing.”

Safdie, who was born in Haifa, but left with his family for Montreal as a teenager, has provided the vision for a wide array of successful architectural projects throughout the world, including within Israel.

Safdie’s ventures in the country have included the city plan for Modi’in, the new central museum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, sections of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, the air-side building of Terminal 3 at Ben-Gurion Airport, and the graves of Yitzhak and Leah Rabin, in addition to David’s Village next to the capital’s Old City.

Safdie, who resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, holds branches in Sommerville, Massachusetts, Jerusalem, Toronto and Singapore.

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