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DERMAN    VERBAKEL    ARCHITECTURE    is   an architecture  and  urbanism  firm  based  in  Tel Aviv, specializing in urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture, public buildings and housing, as well as academic research.
DERMAN    VERBAKEL    ARCHITECTURE    is   an architecture firm based in Tel Aviv, specializing in urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture, public buildings and housing, as well as academic research. Our office is currently developing groundbreaking plans for important urban sites in Israel such as an outline plan for the ancient city center of Lod and redeveloping Lod's central market, a new urban strategy and execution plan for the city center and the waterfront of Tiberias in the Galilee, a masterplan for a new neighborhood in Manshiya between Tel Aviv and Yafo, renewing the main street of Druze town Majd'al Shams, the Riviera Seaside Art Gallery and “On the Way to the Sea”, an interactive public space for the Municipality of Bat-Yam and many more.
Our office was established by architects Els Verbakel and Elie Derman in New York in 2001 and since then has developed a strong portfolio of urban and architectural projects, and consequently adding landscape to its fields of expertise. Since then our office has gained recognition worldwide through publications and awards. We are committed to providing the highest professional standards placing excellence, innovation and leadership at the center of our work. We offer a methodological, thorough approach and ideas that are adapted to time and place, informed by past, but facing the future. We aspire to initiate new perspectives and ways of looking at projects, inviting clients and end-users to engage in a joint effort approach urban environments in Israel with fresh eyes.

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Els Verbakel

is founding partner of Derman Verbakel Architecture and the Head of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. She directs the UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies at Bezalel and she is the head of the Academic Committee for the Israel Urban Forum. She has taught as a professor of architecture and urban design at Technion Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Columbia University, Princeton University, Pratt Institute and the University of Leuven.
is founding partner of Derman Verbakel Architecture and the Head of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. She directs the UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies at Bezalel and she is the head of the Academic Committee for the Israel Urban Forum. She has taught as a professor of architecture and urban design at Technion Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Columbia University, Princeton University, Pratt Institute and the University of Leuven. In 2013 she published the book "In Search of the Public. Notes on the Contemporary American City," in 2008 she guest-edited a special issue of AD Magazine titled "Cities of Dispersal" and in 2007 she published the book "Constellations: Constructing Urban Design Practices." Els obtained a PhD in Architecture at Princeton University, New Jersey, a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, New York, a Postgraduate in Urban Design from the Polytechnic Institute of Catalunya, Spain and a Masters in Civil Engineering and Architecture from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Els was born and grew up in Belgium before moving to Barcelona. She has lived for six years in New York before moving to Tel Aviv.
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Elie Derman

is founding partner of Derman Verbakel Architecture and a licensed architect in Israel. Elie has taught at the Graduate Program in Urban Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
is founding partner of Derman Verbakel Architecture and a licensed architect in Israel. Elie has taught at the Graduate Program in Urban Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. He has taught architecture and urban design at Pratt Institute, New Jersey School of Architecture, and Colman College. His work and writings have been published in architectural journals worldwide and was exhibited at several occasions, such as exhibitions at the Erets Israel Museum, the Old Townhall Gallery in Tel Aviv, and publications in AD Magazine, New Urbanisms 6 and Urban Life. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Jerusalem, 1998) where he graduated with excellence and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University (New York, 2001), where he received the Excellence in Design Award as well as the Lowenfisch Prize for Best Final Design Project. Elie was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He has lived for six years in New York before returning to Tel Aviv.

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