Ben Ori Gitai was born in Paris in 1985. He pursued his first studies in Paris and then in Haifa, where he completed his BA in 2003. From 2004-2007 he served as a photographer during his military service in Israel. October 2007 he began studies at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, La Villette, and focused on social housing and design. In July 2012, he obtained his Diploma of Architecte d‘état. In 2007 he was an Erasmus exchange student at ETH Zurich and attended lectures by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron at Studio Basel, doing field research on the urban sprawl of new towns in Egypt, focusing on the satellite city of 15 of May. In this framework he wrote about ways of improving the existing infrastructure through the increase of architectural development. He has also worked for Christophe Girot and studied with Tony Fretton at ETH Amsterdam Studio. His additional activities include working with his father, Amos Gitai, on the scenography of Traces, an homage to his grandfather, Munio Gitai Weinraub, at the Oscar Schlemmer house in Bauhaus-Dessau. From January 2011 to September 2014 he worked as an Architect at the Firm Diener and Diener in the Basel office. During his period of employment he was cooperating with is collogues on the new building headquarters, Swiss re next in Zurich,The buelachguss areal in Buelach, urban planning, St.Yohan master plan in Basel, Ferrari Headquarters in Basel, House Von Planta residence in Binnegen. In December 2014, he opened his firm Gitai architetcs. The offices , situated in Paris and Haifa. Mainly, working on urban development and architectural typologies for housing and offices in conflicts territories. In January 2016 he will be assigned as lecturer at the ETH Zurich cooperating with the faculty of architecture at the Technion of Haifa.



In our age of time, the practice of the architect profession may introduce additional layers. An architectural project, in our mind, shall be inclusive of various visual expressions that incorporate the main notions of place and time. Our team composed of architects and Landscape architects finds it a great opportunity and challenge to contribute to the creation of an adaptable ways of living and working nowadays. This interdisciplinary approach may involve opening a new type of structures to its immediate environment, a composite activities and multifunctional spaces, which can be adapted to a large variety of scales We can observe that today’s humanity has reached a stage of total displacement, facing multiple scales and frames, which present challenges to contemporary constructions. Our practice is pursuing to integrate space into those positions in a context of dissemination of resources and their migrations, of no visible frontiers, while maintaining a dynamic understanding of the human need to have a comfortable constructive environment. In this search of inhabitant, people move on the surface of the planet and by this simple "travelling" ,by doing that ,they create transformations/formations/mutations, which involve juxtapositions in their own way to live. To give a proper answers to those needs, this invites us to think beyond the traditional frames of architecture, landscape, and building models. This supposes us to be open to new perceptions of knowhow and technologies that rely on life models, that is to say on exchanges between materials and their elements. The architecture of a contemporary time is the opportunity to design inclusive structures that open to these challenges. As such it may exceed issues of motion in space and is part of a universal, trans-generation and trans-disciplinary dimensions. In other words, the way of building.

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