Rachely Rotem
P/T Instructor, NYC

BArch, Summa Cum Laude, Techion, Israel Institute for Technology; M.S. in Advance Architectural Design, Columbia University

Rachely Rotem, Founding Director, leads MODU with years of experience designing many project types. Rachely holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Cum Laude) from Technion in Haifa and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she was awarded both the Lowenfish Prize and the William Kinne Fellows Prize. She currently teaches graduate-level studios at Columbia University,  and has taught at MIT, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania. She previously worked for notable architecture practices in Tel Aviv and New York. Rotem is a licensed architect in Israel, a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Grants and Awards

  • Grant Recipient, Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program, 2018-2020
  • Winner, US-Japan Creative Artists Program, National Endowment for the Arts, 2017
  • Winner, Founders Rome Prize in Architecture, American Academy in Rome, 2016
  • Winner, 2016 AIA New Practices New York award, 2016
  • Winner, 2014 Urban Shade competition, 2014
  • Winner, 2013 Fifth China International Architectural Biennial competition, 2013
  • Grant Recipient, Marfa Dialogues, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 2013
  • Winner, 2013 Dumbo Arts Festival Call for Projects, 2013
  • Commendation, 2013 World Architecture News 21 for 21 Award, 2013 
  • Prototype Finalist, Lexus Design Awards 2012, 2013
  • Honoree, Interior Design Best of Year Award (Exhibit/Installation: Large), with Phu Hoang Office, 2011
  • Winner, Core77 Design Award (Interiors and Exhibitions), with Phu Hoang Office, 2011 
  • First place, SHIFTboston Barge 2011 competition, with Phu Hoang Office, 2011 
  • First place, Art Basel Miami Beach/Creative Time Oceanfront competition, with Phu Hoang Studio, 2010
  • First place, Open Fort 400 competition, with Stereo Architects and others, 2009
  • Lowenfish Prize; Columbia University, GSAPP, 2006
  • William Kinne Fellows Prize; Columbia University, GSAPP, 2006
  • Winner, Catch The Light competition, with LoT Architects, 2004