Moshe Safdie Crystal Palace



Just six years after earning a degree in architecture from McGill University in 1961, Moshe Safdie made a name for himself with his award-winning Habitat ’67 project. Other projects include the Western Wall Precinct Plan and Musée de la Civilization. A recipient of the highest honors in the field of architecture, he has written extensively on the subject and taught at Harvard, Yale, McGill, and Ben Gurion.

  • Gold Medal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1995
  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects
  • Award for Excellence, The Canadian Architect, for Western Wall Precinct Plan
  • Massey Medal, Royal Architectural
  • Institute of Canada, for Habitat ’67

“The National Gallery is set on a promontory overlooking Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River. The museum celebrates a place of art in the capital skyline and is a counterpoint to the Gothic library of Parliament and Notre Dame Basilica. With the Parliamentary library a solid, richly articulated by its flying buttresses, the Great Hall of the National Gallery is a transparent crystal, a great urban room, a winter garden transforming into a candelabra in Ottawa’s long winter nights.”

Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations. A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Safdie graduated from McGill University. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. His wide range of completed projects include cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; housing; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities. Safdie’s projects can be found in North and South America, and throughout Asia and the Middle East. Safdie has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, and civil honors, including the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects.  Most recently, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Architecture for a career motivated by the social concerns of architecture and formal experimentation. Landmark projects by Safdie include the National Gallery of Canada; Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore; Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex of the Sikh people in the Punjab, India; the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters on the Mall in Washington, DC; the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Read about Moshe Safdie: Buildings and Projects 1967-1992 The City after the Automobile Moshe Safdie

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