ADA KARMI-MELAMEDE ARCHITECTS was established in 1985 upon Karmi-Melamede's return from fifteen years of teaching and working in the United States. The practice has been involved in a range of projects of public and private scale, including The Supreme Court of Israel, numerous educational buildings, research facilities, industrial plants, housing and private residences. The work extends from large scale urban design to small scale interiors, including custom designed furniture and fittings. "We strive to create buildings and environments that are responsive to each individual program and setting, and express the way they are made through careful detailing in the design phase and continuous involvement in the construction process. To the extent possible, we rely on local building technologies and systems as well as available materials. We work in an environment where local craft and industry are still very prevalent. This forces us to continually experiment and challenge our instincts and insights. A constant dialogue with our clients and an ongoing collaboration with our consultants support the entire design process. We believe that Architecture is about making real places and we strive to minimize the gap between substance and appearance. Creative architecture is about now and before, deriving its essence from extending and interpreting both for the long term."
First Prize in competition for a bridge North of Tel-Aviv, 2004. Second Prize, Tel-Aviv Art Museum, 2003 (with Ram Karmi). First Prize, Schechter Institute, 2002. Hadassah's Women of Distinction - Excellence in Architecture, May 2000. Association of Architects and Engineers in Israel Prize for the Supreme Court Building - 1998. (with R.Karmi) First Prize (with R.Karmi) in the International Competition for the Supreme Court Building - 1986. Sanberg Prize for Research in Art and Architecture. Jerusalem Museum, 1985. National Endowment for the Arts Grant - for research into Architecture in Palestine under the British Mandate. 1984. National Endowment for the Arts Grant - for a study of transportation, mixed-use development, housing and industry in Long Island City, 1976-1977. National Endowment for the Arts Grant - Second Avenue Study 1975. Progressive Architecture - Citation in the 22nd Annual Awards Program with R.Ramati.