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Ada Karmi-Melamede

Ada Karmi-Melamede (Hebrew: עדה כרמי-מלמד; born 1936) is a noted Israeli architect.


Karmi-Melamede was born on December 24, 1936, in Tel Aviv, in Mandate Palestine (now Israel).

She studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London from 1956 to 1959 and at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology from 1961 to 1962, being awarded her degree in 1963. She has taught extensively in the United States, first at Columbia University (1969-1982) and then at Yale University (1985, 1993) and University of Pennsylvania (1991).

She established Ada Karmi-Melamede Architects in 1985 in Tel Aviv.

In 1986 she and her brother Ram Karmi won an international competition to design the Supreme Court of Israel compound, which opened in 1992. The New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote of the design, "the sharpness of the Mediterranean architectural tradition and the dignity of the law are here married with remarkable grace."


Ramat Hanadiv Visiting Center, Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens, 2008, Zikhron Ya'akov, Israel

Life Sciences Building, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Supreme Court Building, Jerusalem, Israel, 1992.


  • In 2007, Karmi-Melamede was awarded the Israel Prize, for architecture, the second woman to have ever been awarded this prize. Her father, Dov Karmi, had received the same prize in 1957, and her brother Ram Karmi in 2002.
  • Awarded the Sandberg Prize for Research in Art and Architecture (1985?)
  • Awarded grants from the United States National Endowment for the Arts
    • New York City's Second Avenue (1975)
    • transportation, mixed-use development, housing, and industry in Long Island City (1976–1977)
    • architecture in Palestine under the British Mandate (1984)

See also

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