Ada Karmi-Melamede

Architect Ada Karmi-Melamede’s elegant, modernist architecture, with its interplays of light and shadow, has become a hallmark of Israeli aesthetics. The daughter of celebrated Israeli architect Dov Karmi, Karmi-Melamede did her army service in a Nahal paramilitary unit before studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and earning her BA in architecture from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 1963. She worked with her brother Ram at their father’s firm for several years, then created her own firm in America in 1967. She taught architecture at Columbia University from 1969–1982 as well as year-long stints at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1986 she and Ram won a design competition for the Supreme Court Building in Jerusalem, which was completed in 1993. In 1992 she founded an Israeli firm, Ada Karmi-Melamede and Associates, through which she designed the campus for Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and various private homes. She was awarded the Israel Prize in 2007.


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Ada Karmi-Melamede with one of her architectural mock-ups in 2013. Photo courtesy of Michael Jacobson via Wikimedia Commons.

Date of Birth

Tel Aviv

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