Rechter Center for Architecture, a nonprofit organization, was founded by Architect Amnon Rechter of “Rechter Architects”, currently celebrating 100 years of planning and designing at the forefront of Israeli Architecture. The office was established by Architect Zeev Rechter, upon his immigration to Israel from Russia in 1919. Rechter is known as one of the pioneers of modern Israeli architecture and one of its greatest masters. In 1960, following his untimely death, his son Yaacov Rechter led the firm’s activity that continued to center around major innovative public projects in the developing country of the ’60s and ’70s. Architect Yaacov Rechter led the company until his passing in 2001. In 1989 Architect Amnon Rechter joined the firm and is directing it since.
This historical activity at the forefront of Israeli public architecture and its deep involvement and influence on cultural and social realms of Israeli society is the platform upon which this unique center stands.
We aim to perpetuate and enhance the contemporary discourse about Architecture in Israel to confront current social and environmental issues. ReCA will encourage new architectural debates and activities within and about the Israeli public space concentrating also on underdeveloped urban areas. Such discourse will be broadened in view of architecture’s influence on, and its relationship with the arts.
ReCA will invite scholars, architects, and artists to engage in an active inter-disciplinarian architectural research using mediums as diverse as the visual arts, dance, film, video, theater and more
We plan to achieve these goals through public programs, exhibitions, publications, research grants for students, young architects and scholars, and through online resources. The Rechter center has also set as its goal to make the entire body of the “Rechter Architects” archive, spanning almost 100 years, digitally accessible and free to the public.
מרכז רכטר לאדריכלות הוקם במטרה ליזום, לייצר ולתווך מחשבה עצמאית, מעמיקה, מקורית ורחבת היקף על האדריכלות בישראל והשפעתה על התרבות והחברה בישראל. מרכז רכטר, שנוסד בשנת 2017, זיהה את הצורך בקידום הדיון הציבורי האדריכלי והוא פונה הן לציבור הרחב בישראל ומחוץ לה, והן לאנשי מקצוע בתחומי התרבות והאמנות השונים, אשר להם השקה וקשר לתרבות האדריכלית. המרכז מתפקד כפלטפורמה לשיח ודיון באמצעות ענפי פעילות הכוללים סיורים, תערוכות, ארכיון מקוון, סדרות מפגשי שיח והרצאות, מחקר ופרסומים.
הפעילות ההיסטורית של משרד רכטר, שנמשכת מזה מאה שנה ונמצאת בחוד החנית של האדריכלות הציבורית הישראלית ומעורבותה העמוקה והשפעתה על תחומי התרבות והחברה, היא המצע שעליו עומד המרכז והיא הבסיס לדיון עכשווי ומעמיק. ארכיון משרד רכטר אדריכלים נתרם למרכז ומהווה נכס תרבותי ומחקרי.
המרכז שואף להפוך לעמוד תווך בעשייה התרבותית האדריכלית בישראל ולעמוד בסטנדרטים של מרכזים דומים בעולם.
Atarim square 138, Tel Aviv
For more than 20 years, Architect Amnon Rechter is at the front of public architecture in Israel. Third generation architect, he is the head of the oldest architectural firm in Israeli history, that celebrated 100 years in 2019. “Rechter Architects” have been arguably the most influential outfits, on cultural and civic life in Israel through their many iconic and important buildings throughout the state of Israel. His public buildings define in an original and thought-provoking way the elusive relationship between the expression of contemporary architecture that represent our time and era and between the iconic architecture of our founders generation, the architecture of the 50s and 60s. His work travels between the balancing and the contrasting, even juxtaposing between these architectural languages.
Architecture has never been closer to cinema as every project is a Visual script telling us a new story.
Dana Gordon, (MA, BArch) is a Tel-Aviv based Architecture Curator and practicing Architect. She is the chief curator of the Architects’ House Gallery in Jaffa since May 2017, and has co-curated exhibitions such as The Elements of a city, The Future Home, Concrete Folklore and Timely Teaching: Idealistic Education and Modern Architecture. She is the chief curator of ReCA (Rechter Center for Architecture). Dana taught and assisted studio and curatorship courses at the School of Design and Innovation at the College of Management (2013-2017). She is the owner of “Dana Gordon Architecture Studio” since 2009, and specializes in the residential and housing plans, as well as collaborates with major Architecture firms in planning public buildings.
Roy Gordon, (BArch) is the CEO of Rechter Architects and the CEO and co-founder of ReCA. As an Architect, Roy is responsible for major public projects such as the Tel-Aviv law court tower, Kfar Saba concert hall renovation, and the new law courts in Hadera, Zfat, and Tiberia.
Roy believes that Architecture debate and education are at the core of our culture and daily life.
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