Moshe Safdie was born in 1938 and graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, he returned to Montreal, taking charge of the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition, where he also realized an adaptation of his thesis as Habitat ’67, the central feature of the World’s Fair.
I have always be in love with architecture and had I not gone into fashion first, would have gone into architecture. Of course I say that, knowing full well I had a hard time sitting through lectures while I was in school. I came upon Moshe Safdie’s work when I was looking into visiting Singapore and understanding all the buzz about it! The newest playground there is Marina Bay Sands designed by Moshe Safdie. It is a multifaceted resort. it is three 55-story towers and on top a Sky Park.
In 1970, Safdie established a Jerusalem branch office, commencing an intense involvement with the rebuilding of Jerusalem. He was responsible for major segments of the restoration of the Old City and the reconstruction of the new center, linking the Old and New Cities. Over the years, his involvement expanded and included the new city of Modi’in, the new Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and the Rabin Memorial Center. During this period, Safdie also became involved in the developing world, working in Senegal, Iran, Singapore, and in the northern Canadian arctic.
In 1978, following teaching at Yale, McGill, and Ben Gurion Universities, Safdie relocated his residence and principal office to Boston, as he became Director of the Urban Design Program and the Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In the following decade, he was responsible for the design of six of Canada’s principal public institutions, including the Quebec Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada, and Vancouver Library Square.
The most recent commissions are Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort in Singapore, the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel in Jerusalem, the renovation and expansion to the Central Library in Philadelphia, the West Edge project, a mixed-use facility in Kansas City, Missouri, the Renaissance Square project in Rochester, New York, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.