Nili Portugali is a well-known practicing Architect; senior lecturer; researcher, published author & film director.
Her multidisciplinary work both in practice and theory is closely connected to the holistic-phenomenological school of thought.
She is 7th generation descendant of a family living in the holly Kabbala city of Tsefat, Israel since the early 19th century.
She was a senior lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, Haifa. She is a Guest lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Carleton University, Oxford University, TU Stuttgart; TU Dresden; TU Delft, Tsinghua China; Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Her first book: The Act of Creation and the Spirit of Place: A Holistic-Phenomenological Approach to Architecture / Edition Axel Menges Stuttgart / London was listed in the books of the year selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A). In the book Review by Urban Design International / Palgrave Macmillan Journals: “Portugali’s quiet revolution may be the one that passes the ultimate test of time”.
Her second book published: A Holistic Approach to Architecture, “The Felicja Blumenthal Music Center and Library” Tel Aviv / Edition Am Oved, Tel Aviv
Her work is documented in books, in the Dictionair De l’Architeture Du xxe Scielle / Hazan Publication France, in professional journals, in the press and on TV.
Graduated: A. A. School of Architecture – London; Post G selected studies: Architecture & Buddhism – U.C Berkeley; Selected Film studies – Tel-Aviv University.
Research work with Christopher Alexander at the ‘Center for Environmental Structure’/ Berkeley.
Among the buildings she designed is the world-known The Felicja Blumenthal Music Center and Library at the historic heart of Tel Aviv.
Her work was exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, Barcelona Spain, Linz Austria, San Paolo Architecture Biennale etc. Her feature hybrid film And The Alley She Whitewashed In Light Blue of which she wrote its script, directed, edited and did the production design. The film can be seen as the third of a trilogy following the buildings she designed as an architect and the published books she wrote.
The film had its world premiere at the International Mumbai film festival, India. It was screened in the following international film festivals:
EPOS- The International Art Film Festival, Israel
Maine International film festival, US
Lund International Architecture Film Festival, Sweden
100 ARCHITECTS OF THE YEAR Exhibition, Korea
Istanbul Experimental Film Festival
Blow-Up International Arthouse film festival, Chicago
O PLATEAU Festival International de Cinema da Praia
New Delhi Film Festival, India
Inca Imperial International Film Festival, Lima (Peru) – AWARD
Gerona International Film Festival
Polish International Film Festival ,Warsaw – AWARD