Habitat 67, located in Montreal, Canada, is one of Moshe Safdie's first completed designs and perhaps his most famous. Habitat 67, located in Montreal, Canada, is one of Moshe Safdie's first completed designs and perhaps his most famous. Habitat 67, located in Montreal, Canada, is one of Moshe Safdie's first completed designs and perhaps his most famous. (Photo: meunierd / Shutterstock.com)

9 of Moshe Safdie's magnificent masterpieces

We celebrate one of the world's most influential architects by opening his portfolio.

Moshe SafdieMoshe Safdie (Photo: Stephen Kelly)

Moshe Safdie is a giant in architectural circles, and his buildings' designs are so groundbreaking that they, too, have made a name for themselves. It's no wonder, then, that the Israeli architect was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's National Design Awards for his contribution to the American architectural landscape.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of a distinguished individual who has made a profound and longterm contribution to the contemporary practice of design,” said Caroline Baumann, the director of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, where the event was held.

Born in the coastal Mediterranean city of Haifa, Israel, Safdie has held teaching positions at various universities including Harvard and Yale, and leads an international architectural and urban-planning practice headquartered in Boston, with offices in Jerusalem, Toronto, Singapore and Shanghai. Now take a peek at some of the highlights of his long and illustrious career.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Kansas City, Missouri

The Kauffman Center took nearly five years to complete, contains 40,000 square feet of glass, 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 27 steel cables.Because of the complexity of the design, the Kauffman Center took nearly five years to complete. It contains 40,000 square feet of glass and 25,000 cubic yards of concrete. (Photo: Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com)

Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art: Bentonville, Arkansas

This glass and wood structure features a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds.This glass and wood structure features a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

United States Institute of Peace Headquarters: Washington, D.C.

Moshe Safdie's design of the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters is meant to be a physical symbol of peace.Moshe Safdie's design of the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters is meant to be a physical symbol of peace. (Photo: Steve Heap / Shutterstock.com)

Skirball Cultural Center: Los Angeles, California

Moshe Safdie designed the Skirball Cultural Center Safdie as a series of building clusters positioned longitudinally within the hills on which it is built.Moshe Safdie designed the Skirball Cultural Center as a series of building clusters positioned longitudinally within the hills on which it is built. (Photo: Timothy Hursley/Skirball Cultural Center)

The Salt Lake City Public Library: Salt Lake City, Utah

The Salk Lake City Public Library is one of Moshe Safdie's most famous design in America.The Salk Lake City Public Library is one of Moshe Safdie's most famous designs in America. (Photo: Safdie Architects)

ArtScience Museum; Singapore

One of Moshe Safdie's most recent projects, The ArtScience museum in Singapore is said to be reminiscent of a lotus flower.One of Moshe Safdie's most recent projects, the ArtScience museum in Singapore is said to be reminiscent of a lotus flower. (Photo: Igor Plotnikov / Shutterstock.com)

Marina Bay Sands: Singapore

The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel complex in Singapore is held up high by three 55-story buildings.The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel complex in Singapore is held up high by three 55-story buildings. (Photo: Everything/Shutterstock)

The Khalsa Heritage Memorial: Punjab, India

The Khalsa Heritage Memorial building celebrates 500 years of the Sikh history and is located in the Punjab region of India. The Khalsa Heritage Memorial building celebrates 500 years of Sikh history and is located in the Punjab region of India. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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