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Dov Karmi
Israeli architect

Dov Karmi

Dov Karmi
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Intro Israeli architect
Was Architect
From Israel Israel Russia
Field Engineering
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1905, Odessa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine
Death 14 May 1962, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel (aged 57 years)
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Dov Karmi (Hebrew: דב כרמי‎‎; ‎1905 – 14 May 1962) was a renowned Israeli architect of the pre-statehood era.


Karmi was born in 1905, the son of Hannah and Sholom Weingarten, in Zhvanets, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. In 1921 the Weingartens emigrated with their children to the British Mandate of Palestine, (now Israel).

He initially studied art at the Bezalel School of Art and Craft, Jerusalem, but was attracted to architecture and went to Belgium to complete his studies in this field at Ghent University.

Karmi worked in partnership with several other architects, including Zeev Rechter and, later in life, with his son Ram Karmi. During his professional career he designed more than two hundred buildings, mostly in Tel Aviv . Karmi's main style was modernist; he influenced a generation of Israeli architects.

Israel Prize

In 1957, Karmi was awarded the Israel Prize, for architecture, the first recipient of the Prize in this field.

Karmi married Haia Maklev; the couple had two children, both of whom became notable architects. In 2002, Karmi's son, Ram Karmi, was awarded the Israel Prize for architecture and Carmi's daughter, Ada Karmi-Melamede, was awarded the Israel Prize for architecture, in 2007.

Major buildings

  • Max-Liebling House, Tel Aviv, 1936
  • Culture Palace, Tel Aviv, 1957 (with Zeev Rechter and Yaakov Rechter)
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