Prof. Yair Etzion
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  • 1980.........PhD, Texas A&M (U.S.A)
  • 1976.........Master of Architecture, University of California - UCLA, Los Angeles (U.S.A)
  • 1970.........Bachelor of Architecture, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)


Research interests

Topics in desert architecture and related fields including:


Professional activities and distinctions
  • Incumbent of the Bank Chair for Research in Desert Architecture.
  • Served from 1999-2005 as Head of the Department of Man in the Desert of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
  • Served from 1982-2005 as Head of the Desert Architecture Unit of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
  • Has taught in schools of architecture and environmental design in Israel, the U.S. (Buffalo NY, Alberquerque NM, Tuscon AZ) and Australia (Adelaide).
  • Associate of PLEA (Passive and Low-Energy Architecture).
  • Headed technical committee for 11th PLEA International Conference, Dead Sea, Israel (1994).
  • Served on the committee for the Israeli Standard on the Insulation of Residential Buildings.
  • Member of the Committee on the Use of Alternative Energies (Ministry of Industry and Commerce), and the Advisory Board on Energy in Buildings, (Ministry of Science and Energy).
  • Reviewer for the Foundation for Research and Development, Pretoria, South Africa, and the Editorial Board of Building and Environment.
  • Served on interdisciplinary team for the Sustainable Community Solutions international competition initiated by the AIA & IUA (1992-1993).
  • Received the 'Best Paper' Award at the 2000 PLEA International Conference in Cambridge, UK, for the paper, "A GIS framework for studying post-occupancy climate-related changes in residential neighborhoods" (with B. Portnov, E. Erell, I. Meir and D. Pearlmutter).
  • Received the Dori Award for Technology (jointly with I.A. Meir and D. Faiman -1992).
  • Is a registered architect in Israel.


Selected publications

Co-edited Architecture of the Extremes, Proceedings of the PLEA '94 Conference (with E.Erell, I.A. Meir and D. Pearlmutter), co-authored Energy Aspects of Design in Arid Zones, a Design Manual prepared for the Israeli Ministry of Energy (with I.A.Meir and D. Faiman), and has published widely in Israel and abroad, including:


Design projects

Has led numerous innovative design projects including:


Graduate students