Shelly Cohen is a curator, researcher and writer based in Israel. She focuses on the social and ethical dimensions of architecture. Her projects critically explore the ways in which planning and design shape everyday life.


Do architects care? Caring can be understood as an emotion at odds with the requirements of professional architects. Compassion and empathy motivate other kinds of ... Read more

2022Architect's House Gallery

A discussion with the participation of researchers, curators, artists and architects who have worked in the gallery over the years is presented in the exhibition ... Read more

2021Architecture and Culture

The Covid-19 pandemic has invited new observations and interpretations of domestic experiences, especially during its periods of quarantine and closure. Our study of people’s use ... Read more

2022Architect's House Gallery

A new exhibition summarizing 20 years of activity at the Architect’s House Gallery, rearrange the archive of topics discussed in the exhibitions, and examines the ... Read more


After decades of neoliberal economic policy, a new phase began in the critical discourse in architecture in the early 21st century, which is reflected in ... Read more

2010Genia Schreiber Gallery

The exhibition “Safe Haven” turns a gaze to the shelter and to the multitude of manifestations of built civilian defense that shape the space and ... Read more

2016Architect's House Gallery

The exhibition posits various alternative programs and uses for malls passed their glory days. For example, Rishon’s late 1980’s Lev Ha-Ir Mall is rapidly deteriorating after attempts at renewal have failed. At the same time, students discovered that many vocational schools have been set up there.

2021The Journal of Architecture

Care ethics places a person’s relationship to another at the heart of related debates. Rooted in feminism, care ethics is a useful tool for exploring ... Read more

2020Intellect and The University of Chicago Press.

Architectural exhibitions make it possible to present political arguments through visual tools. The series of photos in the exhibition 'Separation' demonstrated how the logic of separation—as a political, cultural, and spatial concept—is innate to urban and rural landscape design in Israel.