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Vancouver Library Square is one of Safdie's most recent Canadian commissions, and one of his most popular
Model of the Marina Bay Sands

Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA (born July 14, 1938) is an architect and urban designer. He was born in the city of Haifamarker, British Mandate for Palestine. He moved with his family to Montreal, Canadamarker when he was 15 years old.


An excellent student, he studied architecture at McGill Universitymarker and apprenticed under Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. At age 24, his master's thesis was selected to be constructed as part of the Expo 67 celebration. The Habitat 67marker project, a complex of cellular residences that could be lifted into place like Lego blocks, propelled him onto the world stage. In 1967, he returned to Israel, where he was part of the team that refurnished Old Jerusalemmarker. He now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has Canadian, Israeli, and United States citizenship.

In 1978, he became Director of the Urban Design Program and the Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Designmarker. His company, Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc. is based out of Somerville, Massachusettsmarker with branch offices in Torontomarker and Jerusalemmarker.

His son Oren Safdie is a playwright.

His daughter Taal, is an architect in San Diego, and partner of the husband-wife firm, Safdie Rabines Architects.

His nephew is Dov Charney, founder of the clothing company American Apparel.

Architectural projects

Moshe Safdie's works are known for their dramatic curves, arrays of simple geometric patterns, and usage of windows and open spaces.



  • Beyond Habitat (1970)
  • For Everyone A Garden (1974)
  • Form & Purpose (1982)
  • Beyond Habitat by 20 Years (1987)
  • Jerusalem: The Future of the Past (1989)
  • The City After the Automobile: An Architect's Vision (1998) [8597]
  • Yad Vashem - The Architecture of Memory (2006)[8598]


  • Moshe Safdie Volume I (1st edition 1996/2nd edition 2009) [8599]
  • Moshe Safdie Volume II (2009) [8600]


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