Rafi Segal leads an office engaged in architecture and urbanism as two distinct preoccupations, each representing different modes of thought arrived at by different means, and yet informing the other. The urban projects we undertake seek out opportunities to re-imagine architecture. Each architectural project aspires to be a unique expression that reflects the building’s role within its urban, cultural, and social-political context. Architecture is the art of giving form to space intended for human habitat.
Segal’s professional experience includes the Palmach History Museum designed with Zvi Hecker and built in Tel-Aviv and the Boston Seaport Masterplan which he led as senior designer on behalf of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Recently he won (with Yonatan Cohen and Matan Mayer) the international competition for the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.
Rafi Segal received his professional degree and M.Sc in Architecture from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and his PhD from Princeton University. Segal is co-editor of Cities of Dispersal (Wiley and Sons, 2008), Territories – Islands, Camps and Other States of Utopia (KW, Walther Konig, 2003) and A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture (Verso, Babel, 2003). He has widely exhibited his work and curated exhibitions at Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), Malmö Konsthall (Malmo), and University of California at Berkeley. Segal taught Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and at the Cooper Union School of Architecture.