Dr. Tali Hatuka (B.Arch, MSc., PhD), an architect and urban planner, is the Head of the Laboratory of contemporary Urban Design, in the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University (since October 2009). Hatuka works primarily on social, planning and architectural issues, focusing on the relationships between urban development, technology and violence in contemporary society. Her recent awards for research include the prestigious MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (2011), the European Community’s Marie Curie OIF and IRG (FP6, FP7) Fellowships (2006-2009, 2009-2013), a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-2005), and the Recther Prize for young Israeli architect of 2012 (Ministry of Culture and Sport, 2012).
Hadas Zur received her M.A (2016) in Sociology & Anthropology and B.A (2012, Magna Cum Laude) in Women and Gender Studies, and Cinema from Tel Aviv University. Her M.A thesis focused on the spatial history of prostitution in tel Aviv during the years 1975-1995. She worked as a conflict group facilitator and led Israeli-Palestinian dialogue seminars in several organization in Israel, Germany, and the USA. Alongside working as an academic coordinator at the Walter Lebach institute for Jewish Arab relations at TAU. Prior to joining the lab she worked at the Israeli green building council. Now, she is a PhD candidate, studying smart cities and its implications on social disadvantage groups in the urban environment.
Sunny Menozzi Peterson received her Masters in City Planning (2015) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her thesis focused on the adaptive reuse of heavy industrial sites. She has worked on projects in the United States, India, and Singapore, and her professional interests include historic preservation, adaptive reuse of industrial and military sites, and the intersection of health, aging, and urban design.
Einat Pragier received her B.Arch. degree from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design (2008) and has worked as an architect for several years. She joined the Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD) in 2015 and is currently participating in a study on Israel’s national social-urban neighborhood revival project, known as Shikum Schunot.
Yulia Furshik received her B.A in Philosophy and Biology (2016) from Tel Aviv University. Currently she is doing an M.A. in Urban Studies. Yulia joined the Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD) in 2016. Beforehand she has been working for several years in the field of Informal Education, namely in BINA – Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture and the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel.