Avie and Sarah Arenson Built Heritage Research Center

The built heritage in Israel is unique: the existence of many layers of architecture from ancient times to the present, is a rare phenomenon on a global scale, which calls for conservation and documentation. Israeli architecture is also a significant example of the various architectural movements of the 20th century, of their cultural and design value. The heritage built in Israel is of international importance, an importance that has recently been recognized by UNESCO, with the proclamation of Masada, Tel Aviv and Old Acre as World Heritage Sites.

The Center for Architectural Heritage Research at the Technion conducts research with the aim of documenting the built environment of Israel. It serves both as a research center of international standing and as a training tool for architects and official design institutions. The research center is an expression of appreciation for the founding fathers of Israeli architecture, their contemporary successors and Israeli society as a whole.

The research center’s main areas of activity are the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage, rehabilitation and urban regeneration, Israel’s architectural development, Arab architectural heritage in Israel, international relations in architectural topics with Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern countries, in relation to their local architecture.

The research center is multidisciplinary in character and a national project in scope, in terms of its areas of activity. It is located in the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. The core staff of the research center includes experts from the Technion’s Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, as well as partners from other Technion faculties. The Architectural Heritage Research Center collaborates with universities in Israel and across the world.

The center is open to the public on Sundays and Wednesdays, from 09:30 to 13:00, by appointment.

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