M.Urb.Des: Faculty Person

Turner Michael, Prof. Arch.‎

Turner Michael, Prof. Arch.‎

Professor Michael Turner, born at High Wycombe, England in 1940, received his degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Arriving in Israel in 1965, he worked, until 1983, in the public sector, initially at the Ministry of Interior as Director of Detailed Planning Division. Subsequently, he worked in Jerusalem, between 1969 and l971, as the project manager of the Jerusalem Central Area plan supported by the Ministry of Transport and the Municipality of Jerusalem, then as Director of the Urban Planning Unit and later establishing and directing the first municipal Environmental Unit in Israel.
Since 1975, he has been a senior faculty member at the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, offering courses and seminars on design, conservation and urban planning processes. In 2004, he was appointed to the UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies, where he coordinated the Graduate Programme in Urban Design and where he is currently affiliated; during 2013-2016, he established the Research and Innovation Authority of the Academy developing inter-disciplinary cluster groups for design research.
Over the years, he has been a visiting professor, on sabbatical at the University of British Columbia, Canada and at the College of Planning and Design, University of Colorado, Boulder and has given numerous invited guest lectures at other Universities and at professional meetings in Israel and around the world. Michael Turner has been a long-time adjunct faculty member (1975-2010) of the Faculty of Sciences at the Hebrew University.
He has a private practice with work in architecture, conservation, urbanism and planning. Over the years, his projects in Israel have included a 20 class primary school in Jerusalem; conservation plans for the Roman Theatre at Shuni, the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden and the Crusader Castles of Montfort and Arsuf. The regional projects include the physical component of the Jerusalem Strategic Plan and the design component of the proposed Biosphere of the Judean Foothills. Planning projects include the design for the artists' village, Ein Hod and the neighbouring Arab village of Ein Hud/Abu-el-Hija; urban design plan for Neve Sharet, Tel Aviv; design guidelines for the Jerusalem Sewage Treatment Plants and the urban improvement project for the old centre, Baka-el-Garbiya. He is now involved in the Conservation, Revitalization and Management Plan of the historic areas of Jerusalem.
Michael Turner has been actively engaged in numerous international research projects. Committed to regional cooperation and dialogue, he was a member of the joint Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian task-force of, initiated by Friends' of the Earth, then EcoPeace, co-authoring the report in 1997 for the creation of the Dead Sea Biosphere Reserve and then, the River Jordan Valley Cultural Landscape for submission to UNESCO. Moreover, he is continuously involved in European Union supported actions, initially, in 2002, being the Israeli lead-member of the TEMPER project of the EUROMED heritage programme; an inter-university project considering the Training, Education, Management and Planning of Pre-historic Sites in the Mediterranean and comprising teams from UK, Malta, Turkey, Greece and Israel.
Within the EU 7th Framework as the Bezalel Academy coordinator, Michael Turner presented a 14 partner, 13 country proposal researching urban resilience to climate change in Africa, and was the coordinator on the project for the DEsign of Safer URBan Spaces – DESURBS, with eight universities. He also represented Bezalel on the EU TEMPUS projects having completed a study with EU, Israeli and Palestinian academics on the application of the Bologna process. He has participated in international workshops of the European Union, advising on projects of cultural heritage, and continues to make numerous professional and academic presentations and written papers in his field in

miiktrnr@post.bezalel.ac.il