Zvi Efrat

Commissioned Artist: Moving Away

Zvi Efrat, architect and architectural historian, is a partner in Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA) and was head of the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, from 2002 until 2010. He studied at Pratt Institute, at NYU, and at Princeton University. He has taught at several universities, lectured worldwide, published extensively, and curated numerous exhibitions, among them Borderline Disorder at the Israeli Pavilion of the 8th Architectural Biennale, Venice, in 2002, and The Object of Zionism at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel in 2011. His book, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948–1973, was published in Hebrew in 2004.


The office of Efrat-Kowalsky Architects (EKA) specializes in the design of museums and in the reprogramming and reuse of existing structures. Among recent projects of EKA are the design of the performing arts campus in Jerusalem, the renewal and expansion of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the preservation and new additions to the City Museum of Tel Aviv.


For bauhaus imaginista, Zvi Efrat produced a short film that critically illuminates the design by the Israeli architect and former Bauhaus student Arieh Sharon for the University of Ife campus, Ile–Ife, Nigeria, built in 1962 as part of an Israeli assistance program in West-Africa. The film premiere and ensuing symposium will take place in Lagos in December 2018 with the artist in attendance.