Adi Efraim

Adi Efraim

New York, NY, US



Adi is highly dedicated urban designer and architect currently based in New York City. She holds a professional bachelor's of architecture with an emphasis on urban design from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Urban Design from Columbia University in New York City.  Her practical work over the past 6 years has varied in scale and context; from interior design for retail stores in Milan Italy, through design and construction documents for public institutes in multiple places in Israel and finally master plans for residential neighborhood in Arad Israel, Meditation Center near the Sea of Galilee Israel and a mixed-use region in Neapolis Cyprus.   

Adi's academic work focuses on research and understanding the urban issues that are rising in the contemporary city; addressing social, cultural and environmental changes in a way that will benefit the user's experience and life quality.

Her strengths include working well in teams, under pressure and multiple deadlines; manage and lead complex projects, personal responsibility, high standards and broad vision. She is familiar with NYC zoning code and regulations and has proven ability to extract their essence, visualize and communicate them graphically and verbally.



Moshe Margalith Architects and Urban Planners Ltd., Jerusalem, IL, Project leader/ Architect

Adi's practical work at Moshe Margalith Architects & Urban Planners Ltd. included managing multiple projects simultaneously under pressure and overlapping deadlines, mentoring and guiding design teams, coordination with clients, consultants and planning authorities and representing the firm in official meetings. In addition, her routine consisted of developing conceptual designs into detailed projects and preparing drawings for permits and construction documents.
Main projects: Residential neighborhood of 1800 units in Arad, south Israel, Interior design for offices and media studios near Jerusalem, commercial\ entertainment compound near Jerusalem, Architectural conservation for a new hotel in Jaffa, public competition- the Natural History Museum in Jerusalem, hospital for the Red Crescent in Jerusalem, new neighborhood in Neapolis, Cyprus.

Nov 2011 - May 2013

PoSTudio, Haifa, IL, co-founder

Adi established the PoSTudio architects group, that sought to examine conceptual objectives in the urban realm in Haifa, Israel. The group approached the city of Haifa as an experiment field, formulated concepts, articulated them in architectural tools, built, installed them and observed the consequences.
Main projects: "Pink Chairs" installation in cooperation with The Municipality of Haifa, ArchiParchTura costume parade in cooperation with The Municipality of Haifa and The Technion students.

Jul 2010 - May 2013

Ilan Zvi Architect, Ltd., Haifa, IL, Project manager/ Designer

Adi's greatest accomplishment was to receive the responsibility to design and lead the project of National Learning Center for Meditation next to the Sea of Galilee after she had only been working at Ilan Zvi's firm for a very short time. In this project she examined design alternatives for a compound of 15 buildings, communicated ideas through schemes and renders, lead weekly meetings for a team of 12 consultants and negotiated the design’s realization.
Other projects: educational institutions, including: School Science Center, Learning yard in a
high school, community centers, home for elderly, youth center, library and welfare offices.

Mar 2010 - Nov 2011

Studio Yael Anati, Milan, IT, Intern/ interior designer

Interior Designer- Prepared construction documents and 3D renderings for various projects,
including: “Hilfiger Denim” retail store, offices and show room in Milan, Louis Vuitton retail
store in Padova, and operational space for Milan Municipality.

Oct 2008 - Jul 2009

The Unit for Science Oriented Youth, Haifa, IL, Tutor

Tutored Architecture and Photoshop for students of all ages.
Assisted in preparation for matriculation exams in Architecture.

Jan 2007 - Jul 2007

IDF - Israel defense force, Israel, Officer. Final rank: Captain.

Military service at the IDF, Air Force and General Corps. Adi Instructed 6 classes of 20 cadets in different militery levels, from early recruits to an officer’s training course. Managed schedule, taught classes, gave personal reviews, adressed personal and team issues, coordinated activities in a faculty.
As an operation Officer in the Air force Adi Managed a flight schedule, solved operational problems in
real time, gave briefs for aircrew, mentored a team of 4 Operation Clerks.

Mar 2001 - Aug 2004


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Design

The past year at Columbia greatly enhanced Adi's professional and leadership skills; she was working in diverse and international groups, taking leading roles as well as supportive ones.
During this time, she represented the Urban Design students in the school council. As the student representative she took part in school-wide decision making and became familiar with the work of key members in the program.
Adi also has gained important research skills; she sharpened her presentation skills, especially how to synthesize complex data using a variety of visual representation methods. She learned to identify core issues and suggest design solutions, taking into account the economic, social, ecological, and demographic and political environment.
Adi sees great importance in improving and enriching the work environment. For that reason she initiated and executed during the fall of 2013 a "Pecha Kucha" event in which multiple speakers presented their work in a time restricted format.
During the time in Columbia Adi became familiar with resiliency issues in Lower Manhattan, housing issues in East Harlem, zoning codes, incentives and a variety of mechanisms New York City uses in shaping the urban form and fabric. Her final project took place in New Delhi, India and it was a criticism on the current method of planning in the city and a suggestion for less segregated community using means of densification.

Jun 2013 - May 2014

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, IL, BArch, Architecture

5 years of architecture school, in which the 3rd year was dedicated to urban scale and the 4th year was in a students exchange program in Milan, Italy. Influenced by the 3rd year's projects Adi chose to do her final project in a similar scale. The project in the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv examined the human movement in the public realm and explored possibilities to manipulate it, control it or to let it be.

Sep 2005 - Jul 2010

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, IT, Architecture

Exchange program. Design projects: Israel Pavilion in the 2015 EXPO, Multi-use Public center in Calusco d'Adda included museum, tourist center, library, winter garden and a hotel.

Sep 2008 - Jul 2009


Commencement speaker for B.Arch program, Technion, Haifa, Israel., Other


National Student Competition of projects in the city of Bat Yam during an international conference "Quality of Density"., Nomination


Dean’s List, Technion, Haifa, Israel., Honorable Mention


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