For nearly a year I passed by this building, noticing that it was some sort of office, and that workers seemed to be there at all hours, any given day of the week. When curiosity finally got the best of me, I Googled the name on the sign, and this is what I found:
Moshe Safdie is a world-reknowned architect. Born in Israel in 1938, he later moved with his family to Canada where he graduated from McGill University with a degree in Architecture in 1961. He has designed a wide range of structures, including residential complexes, cultural and civic centers, and public and academic institutions. Among them:
- Habitat 67 for the 1967 World Exhibition (Canada)
- Restoration of the Old City (Jerusalem)
- Ben Gurion International Airport (Israel)
- National Gallery of Canada
- Vancouver Public Library
- Salt Lake City Public Library
- The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum (Jerusalem), which is featured in the April issue of Conde Nast Traveler
- The David Citadel Hotel (Jerusalem), which has housed Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, and Rudi Giuliani, among other travelers to the Old City.
Over the years Safdie has taught at Yale, McGill, Ben Gurion University, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He joined the latter in 1976, when he set up the nearby office where it remains today. He has also authored/edited several books, and there is an online archive of his work that is maintained by McGill University. Quite an impressive body of work!