Panel of Judges

Dr. Orr Karassin, Chairperson of the Judges’ Committee

Dr. Orr Karassin, Chairperson of the Judges’ Committee

Dr. Orr Karassin has been a member of the KKL-JNF directorate for the past eight years and chairperson of the directorial committee for sustainable development, which promotes innovative sustainability projects. She holds a PhD in environmental policy and regulation from Bar-Ilan University. She has held the position of visiting research fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A lecturer and head of the Public Law Program at the Open University, she has won many prizes and research grants for her work. She was the first executive director of Life and Environment, the umbrella group for Israeli environmental organizations.

Dr. Karassin is a member of the board of directors of the Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and the head of the social sciences track of the 2014 annual conference. Recently, Dr. Karassin was included on the list of 10 dreamers in the field of environmental quality, and the newspaper Ma’ariv named her among the 100 most influential people and groups affecting the Israeli environment.
 
 

Pinchas Kahana, Head of the KKL-JNF Planning Division

Pinchas Kahana, Head of the KKL-JNF Planning Division

Pinchas Kahana, who serves as KKL-JNF planning director, earned his BA in economics from Tel Aviv University and his MA in urban and regional planning at the Technion in Haifa. Kahana earned his doctorate in urban technological environmental planning at Michigan State University. He served as the director of regional planning in the Planning Division, the director of economic development at the Jewish Agency, a researcher at the Weitz Center for Development Studies and served as a member of the National Planning and Building Council.

Pinchas Kahana is currently the director of the KKL-JNF Planning Department and a member of the Governing Council on Life and the Environment. This year, Kahana was awarded the Israel Planners Association Prize.

Tamar Darel-Fossfeld, landscape architect & project planner

Tamar Darel-Fossfeld, landscape architect & project planner

Tamar Darel-Fossfeld is a landscape architect with extensive experience in the professional, public and business sectors.

Darel-Fossfeld established the Braudo-Darel-Maoz landscape architecture firm, in which she is a partner, and manages development and rehabilitation on several national infrastructure projects in the transportation field. Darel-Fossfeld serves as a consultant for national infrastructure projects for large government offices including the Interior Ministry Planning Authority, the Israel National Roads Company, and Israel Natural Gas Lines.

Tamar Darel-Fossfeld also established, and was part of the curator staff of the first Bat Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism (entitled Hosting 2008), and was a partner in establishing the Israel Green Building Council.

Between 2004 and 2009, Darel-Fossfeld served as president of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects, and was recently appointed as a projects planner at KKL-JNF.

Galit Cohen, Snr Dep. Director General, Environmental Protection Ministry

Galit Cohen, Snr Dep. Director General, Environmental Protection Ministry

Galit Cohen, a senior deputy director general of planning and policy in the Environmental Protection Ministry, began working at the ministry 14 years ago. In the beginning, she worked in physical planning and then later moved over to strategic planning, with a focus on implementing sustainability principles in the government and in Israel’s various sectors, and also in Israel’s international work in environmental policy and sustainable development.

Cohen has done much to promote sustainability and long-term, system-wide environmental policy; from working for sustainable development at the national level, to developing the concepts of “green government” and “green economy”, to focused changes for the coastal cliffs and at the Dead Sea.

Tagit Klimor, architect

Tagit Klimor, architect

Tagit Klimor, a founding partner of Knafo Klimor Architects, is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion in Haifa. She earned a B.Sc. and MA in architecture from the Technion.

Klimor’s work in architecture and art combines critical thinking and aesthetics with environmental responsibility. Klimor favors a holistic approach that combines technological issues with cultural and human values. Tagit Klimor's works have won many awards, have been published in many journals and have been exhibited worldwide.

Knafo Klimor Architects website: http://www.kkarc.com/
Tagit Klimor's art work: http://www.tagitklimor.com/
 

Edna Shaviv, Professor of Architecture

Edna Shaviv, Professor of Architecture

Edna Shaviv, a professor of architecture and town planning at the Technion, works as an architect and town planner. Shaviv earned her degrees from the Technion and from Cornell University. She founded and ran the Climate and Energy Laboratory in Architecture, which conducted research for several government ministries in Israel. Shaviv earned her LEED AP certification in 2008 and accompanies green construction projects according to the Israel Green Building Standard (also known as Standard 5281).

Edna Shaviv was named a Pioneer in Renewable Energy by the World Renewable Energy Network, and was named a Pioneer in Passive Solar Energy by the American Solar Energy Society.

Shaviv was a member of the experts’ committee that wrote the 5280 (Energy in Buildings — Building Envelope), 5281 (Sustainable Building) and 5282 (Energy Rating of Buildings) Green Building Codes in Israel.

Uri Daniel de Beer, architect and environmental artist

Uri Daniel de Beer, architect and environmental artist

Uri Daniel de Beer, a native of Haifa, studied architecture and town planning at the Technion and in Munich, and studied art at the Arts Academy of Dusseldorf. Among his many teachers were the artist Joseph Beuys and the architect Bruce Goff.

De Beer helped establish Midreshet Sde Boker and served as Sde Boker’s engineer and architect for 17 years. Afterwards, he served as the director of the Kfar Sava urban renewal committee. De Beer advised the Azouri brothers in the construction of the Eco Tower in Tel Aviv.

As a painter and creator of eco-art exhibits, de Beer has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in museums and art galleries in Israel and abroad. Among his works are the ecological gardens at the Knesset; installations at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava, the Arena Mall in Herzliya; and a floating installation of water lilies and the Green Totem in Venice.

Dan Zohar, architect

Dan Zohar, architect

Born in Israel in 1972, Dan Zohar graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway and earned his master’s degree in architecture.

Zohar is co-owner of the Haugen/Zohar architectural firm, which was established in 2006 in Oslo, Norway. In addition, he serves as an instructor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and recently joined the Department of Interior Design at the College of Management.

Dan Zohar has won many prizes and citations in national and international competitions. He has participated in exhibitions in Israel and abroad, and his work has been written about in professional journals all over the world.

Website of his firm: http://www.hza.no/home.php
 

Leor Lovinger, landscape architect

Leor Lovinger, landscape architect

Leor Lovinger’s work focuses on the interface of design and green infrastructure.

Lovinger is the founder and owner of Studio Urbanof, a landscape architecture firm that has won many awards and aspires to create intelligent, high-quality and ecological design solutions for cities, campuses and landscapes.

A graduate cum laude of the Technion, Lovinger earned his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, with a specialization in urban design and green infrastructure. In recent years, he has won international prizes for planning and design for his groundbreaking project proposals which bring together landscaping, the environment, community and technology.

Leor Lovinger is a member of the Israeli Association of Landscape Architects and its representative to the International Federation of Landscape Architects in Europe, where he advocates for green infrastructure at the appropriate agencies of the European Union.

Website of Leor Lovinger’s studio: http://www.nof.co.il/
 

Galit Shiff, Competition Coordinator

Galit Shiff, Competition Coordinator

A founder and partner of the Gilad-Shiff architecture firm, Galit Shiff is an instructor at the Interior Building and Design Department of Shenkar College in Ramat Gan. Shiff earned her BA in architecture and town planning at the Technion and her MA from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Shiff's architecture practice combines private and public projects with teaching, academic research and climatic analysis and consulting. Galit Shiff is one of Israel’s pioneers in using climatic simulation software as an interactive planning tool. Her work has received prizes and citations, has been shown in exhibitions and written about in many professional periodicals in Israel and throughout the world.

Website of Galit Shiff’s architectural firm: http://www.gilad-shiff.com
 
 

Support and Consulting Team

Mr. Alex Hefetz, the director of KKL-JNF’s Land Conglomerate, is an adviser to the competition jury, together with other consultants on the 5281 Green Building Code and on the topic of estimating construction costs. The consulting team does not vote in the competition.
 
The Israel Green Building Council

The Israel Green Building Council is a partner in the conception and management of the competition.

The Council is a major group in Israel made up of approximately 200 leading organizations in Israel’s business world - led by the business and industrial sectors, academia, local government and civil-society groups.

The Council works to create a sustainable urban environment in Israel and works in the vanguard, together with its member organizations, to promote the field in Israel. The Council’s main goal is to create a local market for green building in Israel that will include all those who have an interest in the field. Among the Council’s main activities are:

  • Increasing knowledge and research in the field of green building, such as: the costs and benefits of green building, green neighborhoods, measurement tools and green building codes

  • Raising awareness of green building among various professional communities via a school for green building and many activities such as seminars, conferences, courses and workshops

  • Advocating for policy tools and incentives in national and local government

  • Developing a network of contacts among organizations and companies involved in the field

  • Bringing international knowledge into Israeli discourse and matching it to Israel’s needs