Rachely Rotem

Rachely Rotem has led the design practice MODU since founding it in 2012. The practice forges new relationships between urban and interior, outdoor and indoor, individual and collective. Its Second Life initiative exemplifies the intersection between architecture, urbanism and interiors. Along with Phu Hoang, she was awarded the 2017 Founders Rome Prize in Architecture, awarded to those “who represent the highest standards of excellence in the arts and humanities.” They were also selected for the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York (2019) and the US-Japan Creative Artists fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (2018).

Rotem holds a BArch (cum laude) from Technion in Haifa and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she was awarded both the Lowenfish Memorial Prize and the William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize. She currently teaches in the graduate programs at Columbia University and Syracuse University and has previously taught at MIT. She is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a licensed architect in Israel and a LEED accredited professional in building design and construction.