Dov Karmi was born in 1905, the son of Hannah and Sholom Weingarten, in Zhvanets, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. In 1921 the Weingartens emigrated with their children to the British Mandate of Palestine, (now Israel). 
Karmi worked in partnership with several other architects, including Zeev Rechter and, later in life, with his son Ram Karmi. During his professional career he designed more than two hundred buildings, mostly in Tel Aviv . Karmi's main style was modernist; he influenced a generation of Israeli architects.
Karmi married Haia Maklev; the couple had two children, both of whom became notable architects. In 2002, Karmi's son, Ram Karmi, was awarded the Israel Prize for architecture and Carmi's daughter, Ada Karmi-Melamede, was awarded the Israel Prize for architecture, in 2007.
- Max-Liebling House, Tel Aviv, 1936
- Culture Palace, Tel Aviv, 1957 (with Zeev Rechter and Yaakov Rechter)
- Zandberg, Ester (5 November 2010). "'Everyone has his own Karmi'". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1957 (in Hebrew)".
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