Architect Ram Carmi is the Israel Prize for Architecture Laureate for 2002 (5762 in the Hebrew calendar) and David Tartakover is the Israel Prize Laureate for Design.
In the letter explaining their choices, the judges wrote that Carmi "is one of the most outstanding architects who has influenced Israeli architecture as an architect, a teacher and a writer. He has been involved in the development of Israeli architecture since the 1960s as a representative of a unique style of design for residences, public buildings, and in the professional discourse."
Among the buildings the 68-year-old Carmi has to his credit are the El Al building in Tel Aviv, which he designed with his father, the dormitories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, which he designed with his sister, Ada Carmi-Melamed.
The judges described Tartakover as one of the most outstanding designers in Israel. "His unique work creates a synthesis between popular culture and high culture, between the written text and visual imagery, and between personal statements to collective representation of local cultural values. For more than 30 years as a creator, a teacher, and an active member of the community, he has influenced the language of visual representation in Israel," they wrote.
Tartakover, 57, was the first graphic designer for Israel TV and has a unique, comprehensive collection of Israeli graphic art, including rare posters, childrens' games, greeting cards and collections of the work of other graphic artists.
For years he has produced and distributed political posters at his own expense and is perhaps best known for his design of the Peace Now logo and the Yitzhak Rabin memorial exhibition at Tel Aviv city hall.
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