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ARCHITECT ARAD SHARON – OWNER AND PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE FIRM

Architect Arad Sharon, born in 1956, a graduate of the A.A. School of Architecture in London. He is the third generation of his family to manage the firm, following in the footsteps of his grandfather – Architect Arie Sharon, graduate of the Bauhaus school of architecture, and his father – Architect Eldar Sharon.

Eldar Sharon passed away in 1994, and the firm has since been managed by Architect Arad Sharon.

During this period, Arad Sharon has headed the design of many milestone and complex projects, some of which have become architectural icons in the Israeli landscape: Rishon Lezion City Hall; the ER Building at Assaf Harofe Medical Center; the Gynecology and Maternity Building at the Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva; the design of a unique sculptural entrance building to the Soroka Children's Hospital (which won a competition against Architect Moshe Zur); an auditorium building for the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in the hills of Jerusalem; as well as the design of a shopping center for Malibu Ltd. at the entrance to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

Arad Sharon is the architect of record of the Tel-Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center. He is currently working on the design of a 60,000 sq.m. modern and complex Cardiology Tower on Weizmann Street estimated to cost about $100 million (in partnership with Architect Rani Zis). Arad Sharon has designed a series of unique buildings at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center, namely: the glass-covered main entrance building (annex), a synagogue, the design of the new entrance gate to the complex, and a children's clinic building.

Arad has led the firm to win two important competitions: a competition for designing a 18,000 sq.m. children's hospital at the Rambam Medical Center. This project includes the design of a 60,000 sq.m. parking lot for 1,500 vehicles, which in times of emergency will serve as a 1730-bed regional hospital (under construction).
The firm won a competition for the design of a 80,000 sq.m. main hospital building at the Maayanei Hayeshua Medical Center for a budget of about $200 million.

In addition, Sharon Architects won third prize (Ruth Rappaport Hospital) and an honorable mention (entrance building to the Soroka Children's Hospital) in the "2008 Project of the Year" competition, as well as second prize in the "2009 Project of the Year" competition for the Cardiology Building. This competition is sponsored by the European Union and was displayed at an exhibition in the ZeZeZe Gallery in the Old Tel-Aviv Port.

Arad Sharon also deals in environmental sculpting. Together with the lighting architect, Noa Lev, he designed the project of lighting Tel-Aviv's seven breakwaters; an artistic wall for donor Asia Kogan at Assaf Harofe Hospital; and three sculpted glass walls at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in collaboration with the Dutch company, Octatube.

Until recently, Architect Arad Sharon taught at Tel-Aviv University's Faculty of Architecture, and he is also academically active at other schools of architecture, such as Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and the Faculty of Interior Design at the College of Management. Arad delves in architectural research and lectures on a wide range of theoretical subjects in different forums.

Recently, the firm has also been engaged to work overseas. It has been commissioned to design large hospitals in India, and is a partner in a project to build a large medical center in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

In the field of urban planning, Arad has spearheaded the preparation of an outline plan for the Arab town of Taibe in the area known as "the Triangle".  He has led the process to the approval of the new urban building plan for the Tel-Aviv Medical Center (adding an additional 160,000 sq.m. to the complex) and an urban building plan for a 31-story residential tower on Remez Street, Tel-Aviv (the plan was approved in 2003).

Arad participates in many architectural competitions, and has won second prize in the prestigious Client's Choice competition for designing an urban center at the Remez/Arlozorov complex. He won first prize in a competition for a retirement home in Carmiel, first prize in a competition for a building for the Autistic Youth Department at Abarbanel Hospital, and an honorable mention in a competition for building the government complex in Beer Sheva.

Arad Sharon writes articles for "Israeli Architecture", "Architecture" magazine and the free press. He also devoted a chapter on Carmel Hospital in a biography of the late Architect Yaacov Rechter.

Arad Sharon's public activities include appearing on television programs such as "Across Israel" and "Architects' Forum" hosted by Prof. Ran Shehori on Channel 2. He has sat twice on the panel of judges for the Rechter Prize for Architecture, and regularly judges student graduation projects for the Technion, the Azrieli Prize for Architecture and many other public endeavors.