The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel’s oldest institute of higher education was established over 100 years ago by Prof. Boris Schatz and is currently Israel’s leading Academy of Art, Design and Architecture and one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world.

Bezalel’s dynamic and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum includes 8 departments for undergraduate degrees and 4 programs for master’s degrees with over 2000 students and 400 faculty members studying in the fields of architecture, industrial design, fine arts, visual communications, ceramics & glass design, photography, fashion & jewelry design, screen based arts, and Policy & Theory of the Arts. The interaction of tradition with the dynamic and ever changing technologies of artistic expression are an important part of the Bezalel experience.

Bezalel and its many generations of graduates are at the forefront of the local and global artistic scene and are instrumental in shaping and enriching Israel’s cultural identity, as well as contributing greatly to the national achievements in the hi-tech industry.

As Bezalel looks to the future and the challenges of arts and design in Israel and the world, the Academy will strive to continue to be Israel’s foremost trainer of leaders in the fields of art, design and architecture whilst contributing to society as a whole.

Contacts:

Arch. Liat Brix-Etgar

Arch. Liat Brix-Etgar

Liat Brix-Etgar is an architect, researcher and lecturer. She is the academic director of the Department of Architecture and the head of “Civil Architecture” Unit in Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem. The unit interlaces design studio, political theory, planning and activism. It seeks to develop collaborative, open and deeply inclusive civil infrastructure, capacities and practices that would push towards democratizing planning processes. Liat received her B.Arch degree from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and her M.A in philosophy (summa cum lauda) from the Tel Aviv University where she wrote her thesis about “The Spatial-Political Lexicon of Jean Luc Nancy”. She is an architect and associate in Tehiru Group in Tel Aviv.

Arch. Barak Pelman

Arch. Barak Pelman

Barak is an architect, researcher and a lecturer. In his professional life, Barak looks into: Sustainable and environmental design, design through making (Hands-on 1:1 experimental design and construction), collaborative and interdisciplinary design, disaster relief design and high-density micro living. He studied architecture at Tel-Aviv University and at Helsinki University of Technology, and he holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture London where he also taught at the Environment and Energy studies Program, and at the M.Arch Design & Make program.

Barak teaches design studios at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem where he also serves as the academic coordinator of the second year and run the international workshop “Small is Beautiful” which focuses on high-density micro living in Jerusalem and Mumbai link. In addition, he runs the DesignBuild Summer Studio at Bezalel which focuses on the process of making and the experimenting with materials as the driving force of architectural design. He won several design awards and exhibited works at the Helsinki Museum of Architecture and at the International Biennale of Urban Landscape in Bat-Yam.

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