Since MRA was established in 1997, our Jerusalem based studio has designed a wide array of projects ranging from intimate residential interiors to large scale public facilities.
Driven by the belief that fine architecture and design have a positive impact on our lives, we strive to carefully integrate the functional requirements of our clients without compromising our high standard of design.
While we are comfortable designing within the timeless vocabularies of traditional architecture, we are deeply interested in the creation of bright and airy contemporary architecture that blurs the boundary between interior and exterior spaces.
We feel privileged to have our studio in Jerusalem, which offers us the opportunity to reflect on the city’s ancient and multi layered past whilst creating rich spaces and experiences for modern living. We embrace the opportunity to work within challenging urban contexts, and are intrigued with the challenge of integrating complex historic buildings into contemporary structures. This often requires working closely with craftsmen to test and refine details that bridge centuries of architecture.
We thoroughly enjoy the organic process of architecture, regardless of scale and are involved intimately with each of our projects, resolving conflicts and finding new opportunities from conception to completion.
Publications and Exhibitions:
Enclave Urbanism – MSc Thesis by Matti Rosenshine – November 2016
Presentation ‘Modern Textures’ at YH4. Autumn 2013 (opens in new tab)
Binyan V’Diur – February 2012 – Private House
Xnet – (Yediot Achronot Online) November 2011
Batim Mibifnim Exhibition November 2011- Jerusalem Private Residence
Handasa, Bniya, v’Tashtiot – August 2011 – Palace Hotel
Binyan V’Diur magazine – July 20011 – Private House
Itzuv magazine – November 2008 – Private House
Itzuv magazine – May 2005 – Private House
Vitruvius on Architecture – Monacello Press, USA 2003
Interior Graphic Standards – McGraw Hill, USA 2003
Encyclopedia of Design – Orion Press, Israel, 1997
Born in Belgium, educated in Cambridge, Gateshead and Jerusalem, Toby brings a much-needed European flavor to our team. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit us on Belgian chocolate day.
Sandra studied architecture in Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and completed studies in preservation in Michigan State University, U.S.A. Sandra started her professional career in Buenos Aires. She then relocated to Jerusalem where she gained significant experience as project architect with the firm Daniel Lanski Architects. Sandra joined MRA in 2014. More than anything, she loves slayeb.
A native born Israeli, Aviya Becker joined our team in 2015. She studied technical architecture in Jerusalem graduating in 2011. She brings significant experience designing commercial and residential interiors.
As a recent graduate of Betzalel School of Architecture, Avigail is at the cutting edge of the design community and brings a new sense of ambition to the studio.
Her student project based around the interest, not least from the Ashdod municipality.
She also holds a degree in computer programming, and somehow manages to find time to continue the real challenge of raising 3 pre/teenage boys.
Aryeh earned his BArch with honors at the Glasgow School of Art before working for Chassay+Last Architects in London and obtaining RIBA Part III. After making aliyah, Aryeh gained experience at Kolker Kolker Epstein in Jerusalem and began working at MRA in 2006, during which time he passed the first ever Israeli Architects Professional Practice exam. In the office, Aryeh enjoys working on complex projects and leads implementation of integrated 2D & 3D building model technology. He is the lead architect for the Pardes Institute, Tzfat Redevelopment Plan, and German Colony Residential Development. Hobbies include painting, photography and playing the flute.
Noa earned her BARCH from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem in 2011, and joined our office in 2015 .Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa soaked her bones in the Jerusalem sun; and became well acquainted with the colors and textures of the local Jerusalem stone. She thrives on the city’s multi-cultural character, and the challenge of responding to the Mediterranean way of life with contemporary architecture. On her spare time she enjoys photography as well as learning yet another new language.
Stuart, our finance manager, is a qualified CPA in Israel and a Chartered Accountant in the U.K. Since coming on aliyah in 1978, he has held a number of senior financial positions. Stuart is in charge of the office’s accounting department, together with advising the team on financial matters. His British sense of humor is understood by few.
David studied architecture at Manchester University. He has worked in Sydney Australia, London England and, since 2005, in Israel. David has a passion for environmentally sensitive architecture and benefits from the experience he has picked up across the world. Since joining the firm in 2007, David has lead the design and construction of Talbieh Residences, Rechavia Apartment House 1, and Mitzpeh Ramot Synagogue. He is also the office’s secret weapon when it comes to navigating and expediting the labyrinthine permitting processes. He is a talented artist and designer and also helps run a nationwide amateur football league.
Iris joined our team in 2013 and quickly established herself as an integral part of the office.
Having studied at Ort Technicom, Iris has worked in a number of offices throughout the country.
Iris bring with her a vast experience in the design of larger scale public projects as well and offices.
Iris is known in the office for her culinary prowess and her cooking regularly makes us all feel inadequate.
Maria Kondratiev Born and raised in Ukraine. Maria studied technical architecture at the Michlala LeMenhal in Jerusalem. After earning her degree she designed interiors for the office of Shmulik Yieshua Architects. Having joined in 2007. Maria manages a number of projects including Rechavia House 2, and Baka Apartment house, and Nachlaot House 1. She also lends technical assistance to all MRA projects and is the resident Revit expert. During her free time Maria swims laps at the pool.
Odelya joined our team in 2013 and quickly established herself as our resident Revit guru, and as such, a vital cog in our system.
Her presence also adds some much needed class to our establishment.
Yoel eamed his BArch at Ariel School of Architecture under the guidance of the renowned architects Ram Carmi and Saadia Mandel. Upon completing his studies he worked in the office of Weingrod + Abrahamson Architects. Yoel joined MRA in 2010. He enjoys the challenge of taking multi-faceted projects from schematic planning to detailed construction documents. Yoel helps cultivate the studio environment with engaging conversations in design theory and construction detailing. He is project architect for Waldorf Astoria Landscaping, Bakka Residences 5 & 6, Jewish Quarter House, and Rechavia Houses 1 & 2. His hobbies include
jogging, travelling, and drinking lots of beer.
Matti received his BArch with honors from the University of Illinois and received the American Institute of Architects award for excellence in design for his student work. He taught architecture studio in the University of Illinois for two years prior to accepting a studio teaching position at Notre Dame University in Rome. Upon returning to Israel. Matti taught at the Bezalel Academy School of Architecture alongside noted architect Shlomo Aronson. He often returns to Bezalel as a guest critic for major project reviews. Matti established MRA in 1995.
In 2016 Matti completed a Master of Science degree in Urban Design at the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design. (For a copy of his thesis on Enclave Urbanism please be in touch with the office.)
Matti Rosenshine Architects
3 Yad Harutzim St.