Dora Gad (Hebrew דורה גד; b. 1912, d. 31 December 2003)[1] was an Israeli interior designer, whose work had significant influence on the development of modern Israeli architecture.

Dora Gad
Dora Gad, 1966
Dora Gad, 1966
Câmpulung, Romania
Died(2003-12-31)31 December 2003
OccupationInterior designer
Known forIsrael Prize


Dora Siegel (later Gad) was born in Câmpulung,[citation needed][dubious ] Romania.[dubious ] She grew up in the home of her grandfather, and attended Hebrew school and a government-run school. Between 1930 and 1934, she studied at the Technische Universität in Vienna, and received her diploma in engineering and architecture. There she met her future husband, Heinrich Yehezkel Goldberg, an architecture student. They married in 1936, immigrated to Mandatory Palestine and settled in Tel Aviv. In 1959 she married Ephraim Ben-Artzi, a former general and public figure.[citation needed]

Interior design careerEdit

Gad began her career in the office of architect Oskar Kaufmann. In 1938 she began to work independently. In 1942 she began to design private apartments together with her husband. Her style was light and modern, drawing from local inspiration; abundant light, and local building materials. Gad incorporated locally available fabrics, wool carpets, woven work, straw and felt in her designs. Her style set her apart from many European educated architects of the day, who maintained more European styles of architecture.[2]

By the 1950s, the couple were already prominent interior designers in Israel. They were involved in the planning of many government buildings and institutions.

After the death of Yehezkel Gad in 1958, Gad established a partnership with Arieh Noy, an employee in her office. The Gad-Noy firm continued to work on governmental projects, and they were responsible, in 1965, for the design of the Israel Museum, together with architect Al Mansfeld, and in 1966, for the interior design of the Knesset building.[3]

The Gad-Noy firm operated until 1976. Gad continued to work independently in both the public and private sectors until her death, in 2003.

Notable projectsEdit

Awards and recognitionEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dora Gad (in Hebrew) Archived 28 March 2014(Date mismatch) at the Wayback Machine The Israel Museum, Information Center for Israeli Art
  2. ^ Sheḥori, Ran (1997). Dora Gad: the Israeli presence in interior design. ISBN 965-222-754-4.
  3. ^ The official Knesset website
  4. ^,1018,209,29459,.aspx (Hebrew)
  5. ^ "The full story of the Knesset building". Knesset homepage. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
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  7. ^ Wharton, Annabel Jane (2001). Building the Cold War: Hilton International hotels and modern architecture. University of Chicago. p. 116. ISBN 0-226-89419-3. Link
  8. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site – Recipients in 1966 (in Hebrew)".
  9. ^ Slyomovics, Susan (1998). The object of memory: Arab and Jew narrate the Palestinian village. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8122-1525-0. Link
  10. ^ Davidi, Sigal. "Dora Gad". Jewish Women's Archive.