Faculty – A word from the Dean

 

The Faculty of Architecture and Toאישהwn Planning is home to four tracks, which together prepare professionals to cover the entire range of planning and design of the surrounding physical space: from micro to macro, from designing the detail of a house, planning the house, the garden, the street, the neighborhood and the town to national plans and policy guidelines. Each track involves its own disciplinary knowledge and training for a distinct practice, while at the same time their boundaries are open and their existence next to each other contributes to the uniqueness and enrichment of the faculty.

Professional education in all the tracks is based on intense experience in the studio alongside theoretical studies, and is always directed at the person, the community and the public – their world, their needs and their values. For this purpose, the broad range of creativity is anchored in social and cultural, natural and environmental, material and technological, economic and legal contexts, with the aim of contributing to a better, just and sustainable world.

The Faculty of Architecture was founded in 1924. The vast majority of the country’s planners, who gave it its shape and character, graduated from it. In each generation, the faculty was able to renew itself and take on the challenges of the time. Since the 1950s, many studies have been conducted by faculty members and graduate students. It currently holds three research centers and four research laboratories – a number which is expected to grow. This trend is consistent with the improved professional training in the form of graduate studies, and the many possibilities for professional and research specialization, as is customary in the best universities.

In light of the predicted rapid change in the twenty-first century – increased urbanization, climate change, the tension between global and local, scientific and technological developments, and the integration of the real and virtual world, the Faculty of Architecture is working at the intersection between design and research, using current tools and knowledge, and towards rooting the research into planning and enriching planning with a layer of research, as two faces of a single coin.

Training the planners, designers, researchers and leaders of tomorrow in the field of planning requires a highly imaginative and relevant approach to the complex opportunities and risks of our time. Therefore, the faculty, as a creative community, refines the students’ baggage by imparting a solid and fundamental platform of disciplinary knowledge. On this basis, new avenues for planning, invention and development are constantly available for them, while fostering their critical abilities. All these are promoted in the faculty by having planning and design based on innovative and diverse research, while encouraging and spreading the knowledge generated in the studio through planning and design.

 

Iris Aravot

Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning