OTTO FRIEDMANN - Architect

Profession Summary:
Professional experience since 1980: Directed his private practice, worked in partnership with other architects, held key municipal positions, and was employed in numerous architects' offices. Registered Architect in Israel and Colombia.
Architectural design of public buildings, housing, commercial and tourism projects: Regional and city planning.

Has acquired vast experience and expertise in planning regional infrastructures for recreation and tourist activities.
  • 2009-2100: Master Plan for Bicycle Commuting in the City of Beit Shemesh, Israel, commissioned by Ministry of Housing, Beit Shemesh Municipality with Minsitry of Transport.
  • Master Plan for Bike Infrastructures for Ben Shemen Forest and Modiin Park, Israel, commissioned by KKL (Jewish National Fund).
  • 2007 - 2010: Lectured in courses and conventions about planning bike tourism and infrastructures for KKL (Jewish National Fund) and the Israel Bike Federation.
  • June 2008: Participated in the International Mountain Bike Association world summit in Park City, Utah, USA.
  • 2004 2009: Chairman of "Bike Forum Bet Shemesh-Yoav-Yehuda".
  • Chief planner of Jerusalem Hills and Yehuda Plains Bike Master Plan.
  • March 2006: Lectured on bicycle infrastructures in Israel at "Velomondial '06" architectural conference Capetown, SA as part of the Israeli delegation sponsored by Partnership 2000 Bet Shemesh-Yehuda Plains-Washington D.C-South Africa.
  • June 2005: Participated in the World Mountain Bike Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
1994-1997 held position as Bet Shemesh Municipality Chief Architect and the Local Building and Planning Committee Engineer during the period of planning Ramat Bet Shemesh new neighborhoods by the Housing Ministry, during which the city underwent its transition from a small town of 17,000 inhabitants to a rapidly growing city planned to reach 150,000 inhabitants. Was esponsible for restructuring and expanding the Engineering Department in order to be able to deal with urgent and complex planning tasks. Was in charge of supervising the planning of neighborhoods of thousands of residential housing units, working with the Housing Ministry, Interior Ministry etc. Supervised the planning of public institutions working with the Ministry of Education, National Lottery (Miph'al Ha'pais) etc. Restructured and managed Building Permit Department, processed projects of thousands of residential housing units, industrial buildings, commercial buildings etc.
1978 - 1991 worked in several architectural firms; amongst others for Moshe Safdie in Jerusalem, Israel as architect planner on Mamila Residential Project in Jerusalem, and as student for Walter Marmorek in London, UK on design development of the London Goethe Institute Building.
Personal Details:
Born in 1953 Bogotá, Colombia.
Studied Architecture at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá and at Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK.
Immigrated to Israel in 1980, married plus 6 children.
Spoken languages: Spanish, English, Hebrew, German, Italian and French.

Academic Achievements:
  • Lecturer, Course for Bicycle Path Planners and Builders National Certification Course by Israel Bicycle Federation in conjunction with the Intrnational Mountain Bike Association, 2008.
  • Graduate School, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Housing Policies, Energy Studies, London, UK 1977-1978.
  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 5 year course, Diploma in Architecture. 1971-1976.
  • Salzburger Sommerakademie fuer Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria. "Architekturbanismus" summer course given by architect Jacob Bakma from Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1972