Dr. Oryan Shachar

The role of architecture and preservation in the creation of local, communal and national identity

Postdoctoral scholarship recipient within the framework of “Da’at Hamakon” –Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, hosted by Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin.

I am an architect, graduate of Bezalel (2002). I completed my Masters and Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technion (2012).

My doctorate dissertation engages in modern architectures and urban communities that developed in Hatzor HaGlilit between the 50s and 70s of the 20th century. Within this framework, I explored the encounter between processes of creating local, communal and national identity and expressions of planning and architectural deeds. The research exposed the existence of the local past in the settlement present and the way in which each community and each architectural stratum turns toward a different image of the past embodied in the expanse and adapts it as an engine and a narrative.

In the past, I was a postdoctoral scholarship recipient at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute and within that framework I am currently completing editing a book based on my doctoral dissertation. Today I engage in the research of the history of architectural preservation in Israel and investigate the changing attitude to the local history and its spatial embodiment by means of architectural preservation.

I teach history of Israeli and modern architecture as well as theory and history of architectural preservation at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technion, at the Department of History and Theory at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.