Dov Karmi

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Dov Karmi (Hebrew: דב כרמי; ‎1905 – 14 May 1962) was a renowned Israeli architect of the pre-statehood era.


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). [1]

He initially studied art at the Bezalel School of Art and Craft, Jerusalem, but was attracted to architecture and went to Belgium to complete his studies in this field at Ghent University.[1]

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.[1]

Israel Prize[edit]

In 1957, Karmi was awarded the Israel Prize, for architecture,[2] the first recipient of the Prize in this field.

Karmi married Haia Maklev; the couple had two children, both of whom became notable architects.[1] 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.

Major buildings[edit]

The Knesset, designed by Dov Karmi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Zandberg, Ester (5 November 2010). "'Everyone has his own Karmi'". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1957 (in Hebrew)".

External links[edit]

Media related to Buildings designed by Dov Karmi at Wikimedia Commons