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Uriel KAHANA (1903, Kiev-1965, Tel-Aviv)

Architect, artist 

Born in Kijev, his father Abraham Kahana is an author, historian, translator, therefore Uriel is keen on science and arts from a very young age, he is fluent in Russian, Hebrew, English, German and Italian. In 1923, he immigrates to Palestine with his family, they settle in Tel-Aviv.

He spends his college years in several cities around Europe; he begins his studies in architecture in Rome, 1925, and continues them in Prague in 1928. Although he returns to Palestine in 1928 for a short period, to finish his studies at Technion in Haifa, in the end, he receives his degree in architecture only in 1933, at Bartlett School of Architecture in London. 

In 1935, he begins to work with Erich Mendelsohn in his office in Jerusalem and participates in several architectural projects, such as Chaim Weizmann House in Rehovot (1937), Hadassah University Hospital (1935), and the Anglo-Palestine Bank (1937) in Jerusalem. He opens his independent office in 1938 in Tel-Aviv. 

Beyond his practice as an architect, he has a strong interest in fine arts as well, he works on paintings, commercial-and design projects, book covers, posters, illustrations, and interior design plans. His first book illustration, which is strongly influenced by the avant-garde waves of the era, is published in 1922, in a children’s book (Four Billygoats), written by Benzion Raskin. 

In 2003, the Bauhaus Center in Tel-Aviv organized a retrospective solo exhibition of his oeuvre, with the title ‘One of the last in a Generation - Uriel Kahana - Architect, Painter, Designer’. 

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