Avraham Yaski

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Avraham Yasky (Hebrew: אברהם יסקי‎, April 14, 1927 – March 28, 2014) was an Israeli architect.


Yasky was born in Chişinău, Romania (now Moldova) on 14 April 1927. He immigrated to the British Mandate for Palestine with his family in 1935. Yasky studied at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Early in his career he worked in the office of Arieh Sharon. At the age of 25 he made the plans for Rabin Square with Shimon Povsner,[1] and later the Tel Aviv City Hall on the square. Early works by Yasky, such as the "quarter-kilometer apartments" of 1960 with Amnon Alexandroni, were primarily of concrete.[2]

In 1965, Yasky founded the architectural firm now known as Moore Yasky Sivan Architects.[3] From 1987 to 1991 he was an assistant professor at the Technion.[4] In 1994, he established the school of architecture at Tel Aviv University[5] where he was the head of the department until 1998. As of 2006, Moore Yasky Sivan Architects is the largest architecture firm in Israel with 73 employees.[6] With this firm, Yasky contributed significantly to the urban development of Tel Aviv.[7] Projects such as the Azrieli Center created a chapter in the city's architectural history that highlighted the skyscraper and skyline.[8] Later work by Yasky shifted somewhat from the use of concrete, in the era of brutalist architecture, to a brilliant architecture emphasising glass, "[a]nd yet, he unhesitatingly points to the "gray years" of building the country with exposed concrete - of which he made such widespread and amazing use - as the best period of his life and in the life of Israeli architecture.".[1]

Yasky died on March 28, 2014 from Natural Causes at the age of 86.[9]


In 1982, Yasky was awarded the Israel Prize, in architecture.[10]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Esther Zandberg, The fountainhead Haaretz, 9 April 2007
  2. readingmachine, שרון רוטברד: אברהם יסקי ,אדריכלות קונקרטית accessed 30 March 2009
  3. Emporis, Moore Yasky Sivan Architects accessed 30 March 2009
  4. readingmachine, אברהם יסקי accessed 30 March 2009
  5. Shani Shilo, Pillars of their profession Haaretz, 24 April 2007
  6. Ido Efrati, "האדריכל יסקי: "השמיים הם גבול היצירתיות Ynet, 16 February 2006
  7. Esther Zandberg, High on life Haaretz, 12 June 2008
  8. Esther Hecht, Tel Aviv Develops Its Past Into the Future Architectural Record, 26 December 2007
  9. Selmon, Lev 28 March "Architect, Israel Prize laureate Prof. Avraham Yaski dies at 87," Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem) 28 March 2014 captured at 3:09 IST. http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Israeli-archictect-and-Israel-Prize-laureate-Professor-Avraham-Yaski-passed-away-on-Friday-at-the-age-of-87-346799
  10. "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1982 (in Hebrew)".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Sharon Rotbard, Avraham Yasky, Concrete Architecture (Hebrew אברהם יסקי, אדריכלות קונקרטית), Tel Aviv: Babel, 2007

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