Academic Degrees, Appointments, And Prizes
- 1968 – B.A. Honours, with First Class Honours, Univ. of Manitoba, Canada. Major: Sociology. (B.A. Honours is a 4 year degree instead of 3.) (First year was taken at Hebrew Univ. sociology major, 1965-6.)
- 1970 – M.C.P – Master of City Planning, Special Honors, University of Manitoba.
- 1976 – Doctor of Science (Urban & Regional Planning), Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
- 1985 – LL.B., Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. Citation for Distinguished Achievements.
At the Technion (faculty member since 1976):
- Holder of the David Azrieli Chair in Architecture/ Town Planning (Since October 1997)
- Full Professor, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (since March 1994)
(Previous academic ranks: Lecturer, 1976; Senior Lecturer with Tenure, 1980; Associate Professor, 1986).
Visiting academic appointments:
- Jan – Aug. 2006 – Visiting Research Scholar, University of Miami, Florida Schools of Law and of Architecture. In association with the Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.
- Sept. – Dec. 2005 – Visiting professor in The Netherlands: The Land Use Planning Group, Department of Environmental Science, Wageningen University. And Planologie group, Radboud University, Nijmegen.
- Feb.- Mar. 2000 – Visiting Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Aug. 25-Sept. 30 1993 – Visiting Professor, Law School, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
- Sept. 1992-June 1993 – Visiting Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Sep.86 – Aug.87 – Visiting Associate Professor, Urban Planning Program, and Research Associate, Urban Research Center, New York University;
- Aug.81 – Jul.82 – Visiting Associate Professor – Department. of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- 1993-94 – Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Haifa University.
- 1989-90 – Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
- Current: Senior Researcher, Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion.
- Feb. 1994 – Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science; 5 weeks’ stay at University of Tsukuba, College of Socio-Economic Planning. [International Fellowship competition].
- 1992-1993 – Fellow of the Institute for Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Wisconsin.
- July 88 – Oct.88 – International Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass.
- Sept. 86 – Aug. 87 – Visiting Fellow, School of Architecture, Princeton University.
- Feb. 1984 – Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar on urban and regional planning; held at Salzburg, Austria; won full-time fellowship award.
External Review Committees of Overseas Universities:
Chair, International Research Review Committee, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH – Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Led largest university Review Panel (11 members), reviewing 5 Departments: Architecture, Urban Planning and Environment, Real Estate and Construction Management, Philosophy and History of Technology, and Industrial Ecology. June 2012.
Member, Academic Review Committee of Delft University of Technology Faculty or Architecture and the Built Environment and of Eindhoven University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and Planning. November 2010.
Honours and Awards
- May 2015 – Awarded Certificate of Excellence as Journal Peer Reviewer – Liverpool University Press for Town Planning Review (one of 2 persons selected; this is the first time the award is granted, thus the selection is from all reviewers over many years). Click for more.
- May 2014 – Declared as being among the fifteen leaders in planning thought, in project: Encounters in Planning Thought. Includes book and lecture series.
- July 2012 – Awarded a rare Honorary Membership of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning)
- September 2010 – Best Conference Paper Award at the RICS Legal Research Symposium, COBRA 2010 annual Conference held at Dauphine Université Paris, 2 & 3 September 2010.
- February 2010 – named First Honorary Fellow of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights.
- April 2009. Awarded the prestigious national “Landau Prize for Academic Achievements” in the category of “urban studies”. Prize committee statement: “undoubtedly the leading researcher in Israel in the area of urban planning”.
- July 2007 – Recipient of a special “Certificate of Appreciation” for “special dedication” granted by theAssociation of the European Schools of Planning (where I established the Planning and Law track that laterevolved into the International Academic Association for Planning, Law and Property Rights). The only suchaward granted, and the only non-European to be honored by AESOP. At the annual congress held in Napoli
- March 2007 – Recipient of the Israel Planners’ Distinguished Award (Yekir HaTichnun) for 2007 (the highest honor in the planning field in Israel granted by the Israel Planners’ Association).
- April 1998 – Award by the American Planning Association for Best Paper of the Year in the Journal of theAmerican Planning Association (1997 years). (the first time the prestigious award was given to a non-American).
- January 1998 – selected by Mivnim – the monthly journal of the construction sector in Israel – as “Person ofthe Year” for 1997. For the contribution that my research has made to planning and building practice.
- March 1997 – “Shield of the Minister of Environmental Quality” – prize for research report on Planning for Women, 1996. With Arza Churchman as lead author, and others.
- Nov. 1990 – Local Government Prize for research publications in urban planning. Awarded by Rabbi Arie Derii, the Minister of the Interior, for publications on developer obligations for public services in Israel and in several other countries.
- Jan. 1989 – The Ben-Shemesh Prize in Land Policy and Law; for research report titled: “AlternativeMethods for Obtaining Land for Public Facilities: Legal Aspects and Planning Considerations”. With research assistant: Ms. Miri Vitek.
- May 1985 – The Zilbiger Prize in Local Government Law, awarded by the Israel Bar Association, City of Tel-Aviv, and the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, for paper on Exactions of Land for Public Services (while studying for my law degree at TAU).
- April 1980 – Research and Science Prize of the Association of Local Government; awarded by the Minister of the Interior in the presence of the President of Israel.
- 1971-1975 – Technion Graduate Scholarships (for doctoral studies).
- 1968 – 1970 University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (awarded to students with the highest excellence campus-wide)
- 1970 – American Planning Association Best Student Award at the University of Manitoba, 1970.
Major Academic-Administrative Roles at Technion
- February 2008 – Jan 2015 – Co-head, Graduate Program for the Master of Real Estate Degree, Technion.. Jointly with Prof. Yerach Doytsher. (This is Israel’s first degree in real estate that I initiated, and then co-founded with Prof. Doytsher)
- January 2010 – 2014 – Appointed member of the Technion Academic Board for Continuous Education and External Studies
- January 2008 – Feb 2012 – Head, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technion
- June 2007 – June 2009 – Member, Technion Board of Governors Executive Committee (as one of four elected representatives of the Faculty Senate)
- Feb. 2003 –Dec. 2004 – Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.
- Jan. 1999 –Jan. 2003 – Chair, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.
- Jan. 1998 – Dec, 1999 – Elected Member, Senate Committee for Senior Appointments and Promotions.
- Jan. 1995 – Dec. 1997 – Elected Member, Senate Committee for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
- Nov. 1995 – 1996 – Appointed Member, awards and distinctions committee of the Graduate School
- Jan. 1995 – 1996 – Elected Member, Senate Committee for Honorary Academic Degrees
- Oct. 1993 – Oct. 1994 – Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.
- March 1994 – 2003 – Advisor to the president of the Technion on the status of women.
- 1994 – 1995 – Technion Alumni Association – chair of the internal comptroller committee.
- July 89 – Jan. 92 – Director, The Klutznick Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technion.
- Jan. 88 – Feb. 89 – Chair, Graduate Program in Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.
- 1988; 1990 – 1994 – Elected member of the Faculty of Architecture’s Committees for Faculty Appointments and Promotions (“Faculty Preparatory Committee”). Permanent member as of March 1, 1994 (ex officio as professor)
- 1988 – current – Representative of the Technion at AESOP – Assoc. of Euro. Schools of Planning
- Sep. 1982 – Jan.1985 – Chair, Graduate Program in Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. 1.86-4.86 – Acting Chair.
- 1977 – current – Member, Board of Directors, Center for Urban & Regional Studies, Technion.
Member of editorial boards: (The journals in italics are regarded as among the leading academic journals in the planning field)
- Nov. 2014 – Present – Journal of Urban Management (Taiwan-based)
- March 2013 – Present: Urbanistica – the Journal of the National Institute of Urban Planning, Italy.
- Aug. 2012 – Present: Geography Network e-Journal (in Hebrew)
- July 2012 – Present: Journal of Surveying, Construction and Property (based at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)
- Feb. 2012 – Present: Polish Real Estate Scientific Society – Studia I Materiały Towarzystwa Naukowego Nieruchomości
- May 2009 – Present: Journal of Planning Education and Research – The prestigious journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, U.S.A.journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, U.S.A.)
- June 08 – Present: International Journal of Law in the Built Environment. – The only international journal targeting planning law (as well as building law)
- 2003 – Aug 08: Journal of the American Planning Association.
- 1993 – Present: Town Planning Review: Liverpool University, U.K. – the oldest academic planning journal in the world;
- 1999 – Present: Planning Theory and Practice (co published by the Royal Town Planning Institute, U.K., and Routledge)
- 1983 – 90: Journal of Planning Education and Research (journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, U.S.A.)
- 1987 – 1989: Land Assembly and Development – A Journal of Land Readjustment Studies (U.S.A.)
- 1987 – approx 1992: Ir Ve’Ezor (City and Region) (Israel).
Occasional Reviewer for Journals and book publishers
- Frequent (blind) reviewer of papers for: Journal of the American Planning Association, Planning Theory and Practice, Town Planning Review, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Urban Affairs Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Planning Literature, Urban Design, Social Justice Research, European Planning Studies, Urban Affairs Review, International Planning Studies, Environment and Planning, Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Politics, European Planning Policy
- Israeli academic journals (Ir VeEzor, Horizons in Geography, etc.)
- Reviewer for book and journal proposals: Book publishers: Elsevier, Routledge
Reviewer for research proposals – Inernational and national research institutes
- Invited (May 2008) to join the European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers (only a few reviewers in each field are selected worldwide).
- U.S. Social Science institutes; The Netherlands – NWO-NL; Israel Ministry of Science; Israel National Research Fund; Israel Ministry of the Environment; US Socio-Economic Science Fund, Israel Yad HaNadiv Foundation. Center for Land Use Policy Research, Jerusalem.
Membership in scientific and professional associations
- Global Town Planning Day Conference – Member, international organizing committee. Conferences held Nov. 5-8 2014 and Nov. 5-8 2015.
- Global Urban Development Organization – Committee member, from 2014. http://www.globalurban.org/
- PLPR – International Academic Association in Planning, Law and Property Rights – Founding President (2007-2010)
- IPA – Israel Planners’ Association
- AESOP – Association of European Schools of Planning – Representative of Technion.
- APA – American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division; International Planning division.
- AEAI – in the 1990s Association of Engineers and Architects in Israel; the Architects and Town Planners section.
- ABA – American Bar Association, Foreign Associate Member. (To 1994) Division of State and Local Government Law.
- ISOCARP – Int-l Society of City & Regional Planners. Deputy Head of the Israeli delegation (until 1996).
- SCUPAD – Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning & Development (International association of planners who have been fellows of the Salzburg Seminar).
- LSA – Law and Society Association. (Till 1995)