The Azrieli Award acknowledges and supports creativity, originality and architectural quality among students of architecture in Israel. Every year, the five schools of architecture in Israel (Technion, Tel Aviv University, Ariel University, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and WIZO Haifa Academy of Design) submit three students/groups of students for the Award for an architectural project, designed during their studies. Monetary awards in the amount of about $15,000, $6,250, and $3,750 are presented to the three finalists.

Five judges participate in the judging process every year.

The judging process, as well as the evening award ceremony, are attended by hundreds of students, faculty, the local architects’ community, and business leaders, and is led by the Azrieli Foundation

Greetings from Danna Azrieli, Co-Chair, Azrieli Foundation lsrael

The David Azrieli Architecture Student Prize meets Israel’s young architects at an important milestone in their professional lives, when theory and practice converge.
Over the years, the Prize has become an integral part of architecture education in Israel, with the heads of the five schools of architecture valuing it as a certificate of
The David Azrieli Prize honors and congratulates not only the winners, but all the students who submitted projects and contended for a place in the competition I hope that this tradition will continue to inspire architecture students and the architecture community for many years to come.

Best wishes and good luck,
Danna Azrieli

2020 Projects

Growing Towers

Avigail Sobel


Adva Chefetz

“Code Red”

Alon Goldengoren

The New Testament

Elias Mwes

Uncanny Transitions

Amnon Verberne

I | City

Benayahu Lugasi

Public Space 3.0

Livne Furmanski

Sub Tel Aviv

Maya Schuldenfrei
Nisim Carlos Kazantini

Judging Panel

Sir David Adjaye OBE

International Judge, Chair of Committee

Sir David Adjaye OBE is an award winning Ghanaian-British architect known to infuse his artistic sensibilities and ethos for community-driven projects. His ingenious use of materials, bespoke designs and visionary sensibilities have set him apart as one of the leading architects of his generation. In 2000, David founded his own practice, Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally with studios in Accra, London, and New York taking on projects that span the globe.

His firm’s early work largely involved private commissions for the design of artist studios and residences and quickly evolved into civic commissions beginning with the Ideas Stores, two public libraries in London. His most well known project to date, The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times. In 2017, Adjaye was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME Magazine. Most recently, Adjaye was announced the winner of the 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Personally approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Gold Medal is considered one of the highest honors in British architecture for one’s significant contribution to the field internationally.

Today the portfolio continues to evolve with major cultural, civic and commercial projects such as The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; 130 William, a high-rise residential tower in New York’s financial district; the new Sydney Plaza, a public plaza, community building and artwork in Sydney’s Central Business District; the International Finance Corporation in Dakar, Senegal; The Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi; the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London and the National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra.

Photo by: Chris Schwagga

Dr. Sharon Azrieli

Dr. Sharon Azrieli holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Vassar College, an associate degree in interior design and illustration from the Parsons School of Art and Design, an advanced certificate in vocal performance from the Juilliard School, and a master’s degree and doctorate in music from the University of Montreal.
Since 2017, Dr. Azrieli has published the architectural magazine Home in Canada, formerly known as Montreal Home and Toronto Home. She is currently writing a series of articles on great Canadian architects and designers, including Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie, Karim Rashid, and Mike Holmes. Dr. Azrieli recently received the Order of Quebec for her outstanding singing career, after making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera and the National Arts Center in Ottawa. She is also the creator of The Azrieli Music Prize, which is currently Canada's largest monetary award in the field of music.

Arch. Gabi Boaz-Oved

Architect Gabi Boaz-Oved graduated from the David Azrieli School of Architecture at Tel Aviv University in 2000. His final project was chosen one of outstanding projects that year. In 2006, he was appointed Azrieli Group Architect and in 2015 he became Head Architect and Director of Planning in Azrieli Group.

Arch. Ayelet Karmon

Architect Ayelet Karmon is a senior lecturer at Shenkar, teaching in the Faculty of Design. She is Managing Director of CIRTex, the David & Barbara Blumenthal Israel Center for Innovation and Research in Textiles at Shenkar. Under her leadership, CIRTex won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) H2020 grant, in which Karmon plays the role of coordinator. In the five years since its inception, CIRTex’s achievements include a patent under NIKE©, numerous research grants that more than double the initial donation of $1M, and several academic publications.

In addition to her managerial role at CIRTex, Karmon functions as an active researcher focusing on textile structures and the ways they are informed by digital fabrication processes and material specifications. She has participated in numerous international conferences and exhibitions, presenting research relating to material thinking, computation, architecture, and textiles. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Currently, she is working on one of the research projects at CIRTex as her PhD together with Prof. Alva Peled of Ben Gurion University, Department of Structural Engineering, and Dr Tamir Kamai, from the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani. The title of the work is: “Impregnated fabrics with cement powder for improved infiltration and mechanical properties in textile reinforced concrete elements.”

Arch. Gil Shenhav

Architect Gil Shenhav ia a senior partner at Canaan Shenhav Architects, partner at the Company for Development and Urban Renewal and chairman of the local branch of CTBUH in Israel. Canaan Shenhav is involved with the planning of neighbourhoods, residential towers, offices, nursing homes, retirement villages, and sheltered housing in Israel and abroad, and also in promoting many urban renewal projects in the outline of evacuation construction.

Gil Shenhav was elected chairman of CTBUH-Israel, the Israeli branch of the World Council for Skyscrapers and Urban Construction, a professional organization and leader in the planning, management, construction, and initiation of high-rise buildings and their integration into the urban fabric.

Photo by: Guy Gilad

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