Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. In keeping with a philosophical approach he has applied globally across an array of project types for more than five decades, the design of each of Safdie’s projects is responsive to local historic, cultural, and environmental contexts. In recognition of his work’s impact and his lasting influence on generations of younger architects, Safdie was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cooper Hewitt’s 2016 National Design Awards, the 1995 Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of Canadian Architects, and the 2015 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the organization’s highest honor.
Habitat 67, Montreal, 1967
Moshe Safdie founded his firm, Safdie Architects, in 1964 to realize Habitat ‘67, the pioneering housing complex commissioned by the Canadian government, Quebec, and Montreal as the pavilion for the 1967 World’s Exposition. Since then, the firm has been responsible for designing and realizing a wide range of projects worldwide, including cultural, civic, and educational institutions; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and masterplans for existing neighborhoods and entirely new cities. Habitat represented a turning point in housing design, modern architecture, and urban planning, and today it enjoys status as a Canadian National Heritage Site and living landmark. Safdie Architects’ present work continues to carry through the firm’s founding values—architecture with a purpose, humanizing megascale, responding to the essence of place, building responsibly, and shaping the public realm.
Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec City
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Marina Bay, Singapore
Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex, Anandpur Sahib, India, 2011