“Even a brick wants to be something.”

-Louis Kahn

MRA

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.

Meet Our Team

Matti Rosenshine

Matti Rosenshine received his B.Arch with distinction from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Subsequent to a year in Paris he taught architecture in Rome for the University of Notre Dame.
From 1985-2005 Matti collaborated with Thomas G. Smith of producing a new, illustrated and annotated edition of Vitruvious’s Ten Books on Architecture.
In 1997, Matti established MRA in Jerusalem.
Following 25 years of practicing architecture, while understanding its role within the greater urban context, Matti obtained an M.A. in Urban Design from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem.

Aryeh Wiseglass

Aryeh Wiseglass (B-Arch Glasgow School of Art). With a wisdom beyond his years, Aryeh is the engine that keeps the office producing excellent architecture. He’s our big-picture guy, conceptual visionary. Our longest serving employee, he’s also the man you want if you’re in the office and you want a proper cup of tea.

Ateret Ohayon

Ateret Ohayon is one of the most recent additions to our team. She grew up in France and started designing at the age of 14! She has quickly become integral to our office. A quick learner and a great colleague.

Avigail Rosenshine

Following a successful career in hi-tech, Avigail changed paths and graduated from Bezalel Architecture School in 2015. She has successfully taken on significant projects as well as efficiently running a lot of the office bureaucracy. She also maintains a roll as a tutor at Bezalel.

Odelya Nidam

Odelya Nidam joined us in 2013 and is the kind of designer that you want in your office. A Revit powerhouse, she’s hard-working, talented and dedicated. It’s also been said that she brings some much needed class to the office, but we’re not sure what that means.

Sandra Riaboy

Sandra Riaboy studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires. She has taken charge of some of the most demanding projects and produced some unbelievable results. She also definitely has the best taste in office music.

Sivan Puritz

Sivan Puritz is the first ever second-generation MRA employee! New to the office, she’s learning quickly and has huge potential.

Stuart Bensusan

Stuart Bensusan probably couldn’t design his way out of a paper bag. Which is totally fine, because he’s head of finance. Living proof that you don’t have to be boring to work in Excel.

David Preston

David Preston (BA arch Manchester University) is one of MRA’s longest serving members of staff. Having worked in London and in Sydney before moving to Israel, he brings vast experience to the office but more importantly, has taken on the responsibility of arranging the office workshop lunches.

Maria Kondratiev

Maria Kondratiev is head of the Tel-Aviv/ Mercaz department. With an eye for detail and a great design sensibility, many of the projects that Maria has overseen have been featured in numerous international publications.

Noa Joelson

Noa Joelson, a veteran Jerusalemite.Since she came to the office in 2015, we’ve benefited immensely from her talents. She has achieved great results from some of the most complex projects, but most importantly (for us), she knows the building code!

Toby Monk

Toby Monk, speaks all the languages and is head of our European desk. She came to the office in 2016 and settled in immediately, producing some of our finest work. We’re just offended that she wasn’t working here earlier.

Mey-Tal Cohen

Mey-Tal Cohen is our office manager. She is the salt on our food, the grease in our wheels, the door, the key, the sail, the wind.

We’re currently looking for a talented design architect with at least 5 years experience and good Revit skills. If this is you, please email your CV and portfolio to jobs@mra.co.il