Building on his success

With over 200 projects under his belt, architect Arthur Spector is ready to take on even grander designs

By ROBERT SLATER
March 6, 2013 11:45
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Arthur Spector 521. (photo credit: 2013 The Robert Slater interview ARTHUR SPECTOR NA)

 
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Arthur Spector has been the “go-to” architect for the planning and designing of some of Israel’s landmark buildings, an impressive achievement for someone who, when he visited Israel for the first time in 1962, had not planned to spend more than a year in the Jewish state.

Since starting to work as an architect in Jerusalem in the early 1960s, Bostonborn Spector, 74, has planned and designed 200 projects, most of them in Israel. These include the new $360 million hospital tower at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood; Beit Gabriel, the cultural and social center on Lake Kinneret (in partnership with the Plesner Weinman firm) and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center (“though,” quips Spector, “we didn’t share his politics”).

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