Bimkom is very grateful to our previous Chairs for their service and guidance, including:
Professor Tovi Fenster: 1999 – 2003
Architect Eli Elan: 2003 – 2004
Architect Yoav Weinberg: 2004 – 2007
Dr. Haim Yacobi: 2007 – 2010
Professor Yishai Blank: 2010 – 2013
Naama Meishar: 2013 – 2016
Professor Erez Zfadia
Socio-Political Geographer; Lecturer on planning, land and ethnic relations at the Department of Administration and Public Policy, Sapir College; His research and publications are concerned with the relations between capital, nationality and spatial policy, and their ramifications on ethno-class stratification and on the relations between groups in peripheral areas.
Architect, Researcher on Culture and Editor of The Gallery (Architects’ House, Jaffo)
Senior lecturer at the School of Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Previously, he was a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technion. He holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology, Tel Aviv University and an MSc in Urban Development Planning, University College London. His current research focuses on strategic planning, visioning and urban inequality in Global South cities, especially in India and South Africa. He is the author of the book City of Concept: Planning Tel Aviv (2009, Babel Press). He researches and publishes on topics including urban planning, comparative urbanism, urban sustainability and international development.
Holds a Bachelor of Design degree from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem (1978) and a Master of Science in Urban Planning degree from Columbia University, New York City (1985). From 1986 till 2003 worked in the public sector, amongst other posts as Director of the Urban Planning Department at the Jerusalem Municipality and as Deputy Director General for Planning at the Israel Government Tourist Corporation. Since 2004 works as an independent urban planner. In 2008-9 participated in a joint course for Israeli and Palestinian architects and planners sponsored by the School for Peace at Neve Shalom/ Wahat al Salam.
Geographer and Urban Planner. PhD in Geography and the Human Environment from Tel Aviv University. Research has included issues of planning and sexuality, and the needs of the LGTB population in Tel Aviv, and spatial activism regarding gender and sexual orientation.
Dr. Eran Tzin
PhD in Planning from the Geography and Environmental Development Department in Ben Gurion University. Addresses issues of geography and law, urban planning and human rights, economy, politics and environmental justice. For some years was an advisor in the Clinic for Environmental and Social Change in College of Law and Business.
Dr. Oren Shlomo
Dr. Oren Shlomo teaches and researches in the fields of Geopolitics and Urbanism, specializing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He studied patterns of Israeli control and urban management in East Jerusalem as part of his PhD research at Ben-Gurion University, and as part of a post-doctoral research project at Harvard University. Dr. Shlomo is a professor of Spatial Policy at the Open University, and serves as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center.
Nurit Agmon is a graduate of the Department of Architecture at the Betzalel Academy of Arts and Design, and an owner and partner of Braidman Agmon Architects. Agmon has experience in architectural design, spatial development, and supervision of planning projects of various scales, including: public buildings, educational institutions, residential buildings, private residential spaces, urban planning, preservation and restoration of historic buildings, and scenic planning. Her work is characterized by a holistic approach to architectural practice, with the belief that architecture plays a significant role in bringing out the value in public spaces.
Vardit Tzurnamel is a Landscape Architect, and a graduate of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Technion. Tzurnamel has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, and is a partner in the Tzurnamel-Turner Landscape Architecture Firm, which engages in a wide range of landscape planning services.
Dr. Michal Braier
Urban planner and architect. Doctorate from Ben Gurion University. Her research topics include informal urban surroundings, the politics of urban planning, ethnography of experts and urban citizenship. Her studies into urban planning and spatial justice in Arab East Jerusalem and on the USA-Mexico border have been published in leading journals around the world. Michal works as an independent architect, as a planner in the Planning Authority and, and as a community planner in Jerusalem. She is a research fellow in the Urbanism Clinic in the Hebrew University, and teaches in the Master program in urban design at Bezalel School of Art and Design.
Maisa Totry Fakhoury
Graduate of the Technion with a Master’s degree in Urban planning, nearing completion of a doctorate at Ben Gurion University on spatial codes in Arab localities in Israel, and carrying out post-doctoral work at Haifa University on planning and law in the West Bank. Has been the representative of environmental organizations on a Regional Planning Council and has worked at various civil society organizations. Participated in the Agents of Change course for architects, planners and engineers at the Neve Shalom Peace School.