The ninth Michel Gelrubin Prize for Architecture was awarded to three international students and three teams of students from Tel Aviv University for projects that redefined architecture, the French Tel Aviv University Association said. The ceremony took place at the events of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University in 2022 in the presence of Professor Eran Neuman, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and family members Leslie, Samuel, Olivia and Lyne Gelrubin.
The Michel Gelrubin Prize is awarded annually to students from all over the world whose work combines vision and talent in the field of architecture and interior design. This year’s theme was “Expanding Architecture” and its intention was to move architecture into new concepts and unknown areas, thus redefining the status, form and materiality of the discipline.
The award was established by University Board members Leslie Gelrubin Benitah and Samuel Gelrubin in honor of their father, a French real estate philanthropist and businessman Michel Gelrubin, an ardent supporter of Israel and a longtime friend of Tel Aviv University who worked to develop education.
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“Since 2013, Brother Samuel and I have had the honor of recognizing architecture students who envision the future and hope they can develop the same successful careers as our jury members,” said Leslie Gelrubin Benitah, also a member of the University Global Association. Campaign office. “Our goal is to identify new talent and give them the opportunity to achieve international recognition. »
Professor François Heilbronn, President of the French Association of Tel Aviv University, paid tribute to David Birène, the grandfather of Leslie and Samuel, who recently died: »
“Every year, we see how much talent the university is growing and we understand the need for this significant award,” said Amos Elad, the university’s vice president, who also announced the creation for next year’s scholarship on behalf of David Birène.
The winners were selected by a prestigious jury composed of experts in design, trade, construction, journalism and architecture, chaired by renowned architect Kobi Karp, attended by renowned designer Ora -ïto, who was among those present at the ceremony.
The International Prize benefited from the best institutions in the world, including Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, McGill University and Sapienza University of Rome.
In the international category, Shoya Ishiguro of Waseda University in Toyku won first place for the project “Gorge Vague: The Void of the City”, which combines historical monuments and modern urban infrastructure.
Second place went to Zhuo-ming Shia of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands for a participatory housing project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Third place went to Ramona Scheffer from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands for her project: “City of Workers: Housing for Migrant Workers in Oman. »
Among the candidates of the University’s School of Architecture, Barak Weizman and Mai Whiteson won first place for the project of a new quarter of residential studios in the Ashdod industrial zone.
Second place went to Gabriel Abboud and Noa Natanson for their “Algae Tower” project in Dubai, a skyscraper with tubes containing microalgae to solve the heat problem and improve air quality.
Third place went to Raz Baran and Noa Shimoni for the Afula Opera Project.