Haim Zvi Dotan

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Haim Zvi Dotan
Haim Zvi Dotan Architect
Haim Zvi Dotan Architect
Jerusalem Israel
💼 Occupation
Architect, Academic Professor, Poet
🏅 AwardsHonorary Citizen of Zhangjiajie. Award iNNOVEX2017 Globbal Leader of Innovation, Israel Ministry of science and technology.
🌐 Websitewww.haimdotan.com
The First Longest Glass Bridge in the World-Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon China,2016 winner of Arthur G. Hayden medal June 2018


israel pavilion World EXPO shanghai China 2010
Shamoom College of engineering Be'er Sheva, Israel, 2003
Hightech Building at BGU Beer Sheva,2007
A.I.S In Between Spaces, 2008
Reading a poem at a poets convention in Mongolia,2017

Haim Zvi Dotan, (Born 7 March 1954) is an architect, educator, poet, philosopher and artist.[1] [2] <ref>, Facebook Page - World Academy Of Arts And Culture Waac/wcp,WORLD CONGRESS OF POETS NEWSLETTER 2017, WAAC Honorary Doctorate 2017 Name list of Poet Laureate 2017(桂冠詩人證書) 6) Haim Dotan,poet, educator philosopher and international architect, VISA FOR DIPLOMA No. FLD 441


Haim Zvi Dotan was born in Jerusalem, Israel. He attended the Hebrew University High School. After finishing his service in the Israel Defense Forces he traveled to New York City to become a jazz dancer. In 1975 he moved to Los Angeles where he began his studies in architecture. He graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. with B.Arch.(1981) and M.Arch.(1984) degrees. After completing his studies, in 1984, Haim Dotan worked for Kisho Kurokawa Architects in Tokyo, Japan for one year. He then settled in New York City There in 1985, he opened his own studio, Insight Architecture and Design.


In 1990, Haim Dotan (with architect Shimon Piltzer) won the prestigious competition to design the new Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, completed in 2002. Shortly after winning, he returned to Israel and founded Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects & Urban Designers in Tel Aviv. In various years from 1990 to 2007, Haim Dotan was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, at the Department of Architecture,Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel and at the Sadna School of Architecture, Tel Aviv, Israel.

In 2008, Haim Dotan won the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Design Build Operate Transfer tender for the Israel Pavilion at World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China[1]. In this project, he acted as the architect, developer, and contractor. The unique pavilion gained worldwide recognition.

In 2011, Haim Dotan was began the design of a pedestrian bridge over a canyon for tourists in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, completed in 2016 is the first, longest and highest glass bottomed bridge in the world.[2] In 2011, Haim Dotan was appointed master and professor at the DeTao Masters Academy part of De Tao Group[8], affiliated with the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, and previously Fudan University, China. Also in 2011, he was an advisory professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. In 2012 he founded of Studio Haim Dotan in Shanghai, China, an architectural design studio [12] and part of the De Tao Group[16]. In 2014, he founded the Advanced Ecological Architecture Design (EAD) [14], a 4 years Bachelor degree program at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (shiva) with DeTao masters Academy, where he acts as director.


In 2008, Haim Dotan published “After the Rain” and “Echo in the Desert”. “After the Rain” is a poetry book in which he praises nature and its beauty. “Echo in the Desert” is a poetic architectural manifesto. Dotan wanted to convey a message that nature must be preserved as a source of our life". In 2011, “After the Rain” and “Echo in the Desert” were republished [17] with Hebrew and Chinese translations accompanying the English on each page.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2018 Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon was awarded Arthur G. Hayden Medal at the 35th International Bridge Conference in Washington on June 11.The award presented by ENGINEERS' SOCIETY OF WESTREN PENNSYLVANIA. [22] [23]
  • 2017 Honorary Citizen of Zhangjiajie, for his contribution to the economic and social development of Zhanjiajie.[21] [6]
  • 2017 National Quality Engineering Award, China Association of Construction Enterprise Management, for the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge [13] [15].
  • 2017 Literature Award , Board of the Union of Mongolian Writers.[10]
  • 2017 Certificate of Appreciation, Israel Association of Writers & Poets and Heritage Foundation of Nehama & Michel Pohatchevsky , for multidisciplinary activities as an educator, poet, and architect and for efforts to integrate poetry into student education,
  • 2017 Global Leader of Innovation Award, INNOVEX2017.[6][9]
  • 2011 Most Beautiful Books in China award, Shanghai Press and Publication Administration, for the books “After the Rain” and “Echo in the Desert”.
  • 2011 Architect of the Year, Calcalist economics magazine, Israel.
  • 2010 Most Distinguished Architect of the Year, Israel Association of United Architects.
  • The shanghai municipality gave an award to the pavilion….
  • 2010 Recipient of USA Exhibitor Magazine, "Editor’s Choice" award, for the Israel Pavilion in World EXPO 2010 Shanghai, China [18]
  • 2008 Winner of Israel Foreign Ministry DBOT tender to design, build, operate and transfer the Israel Pavilion in World EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China[1]
  • 2006 Nominee-Israel Prize in Architecture, State of Israel.
  • 2006 Recipient of the Israeli Building Construction Center award for "New Architectural Language in Israel through 17 years of Development and Improvement of New Building Technologies".
  • 2005 Nominee-Gold Medal, United International Architects.
  • 1998 Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel Award, Israel Engineering and Architects Association.


  • Gershoni, Loni. “Haim Dotan – Works”, Architecture in Israel, 101, December 1997.
  • Mazor, Hillit. "The Semiotic Steel Of Haim Dotan." Architecture of Israel Quarterly, 44, February 2001. |http://www.aiq.co.il/su_article.php?id=44&num=147&lang=eng
  • The East China Normal University Press [18] republish “After the Rain” and “Echo in the Desert” 3 languages poetry books

Selected Projects[edit]

  • 2016 Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, Zhangjiajie, China.
  • 2012 Performing Art Center, Ashdod, Israel.
  • 2010 Israel Pavilion to World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China.
  • 2003 Minkoff Auditorium, Shamoon College of Engineering, Be'er Sheva, Israel.
  • 1998-2017 Shamoon College of Engineering, Be'er Sheva, Israel.
  • 2007 Alon Building for High Tech, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.
  • 2006 American International School, Even Yehuda, Israel (with Plesner Architects).[4]
  • 2006 Azrieli Institute for Educational Enrichment, Beer Sheva, Israel.
  • 2002 Segoe Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel (with architect Shimon Piltzer).
  • 1997 Amargad office building, Petach-Tiqva, Israel.
  • 1994 Fabrication building, Iskoor Metals & Steels Ltd, Qiryat Gat, Israel.


  • Bridging Between China and Israel - Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, the longest and highest glass bridge in the world The lecture was given at Tel-Aviv Israel 31-10-2017.
  • Intelligence, Technology & Sustainability was given at Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 20-10-2017
  • Entrepreneurship, Design and Leadership-from the innovation of iconic Glass Bridge at Zhangjiajie to Economic miracle and Urban Renewal, was given at Tel Aviv University for Engineering Alumni

Organization at 27- 09-2017

  • From Jewish Education and LaoTzu To World Famous Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was given at "Shanghai Public Library 4 June 2017 [11]
  • Design Inspires Life - From The Innovative Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to Urban Renewal Economical Miracle, was given at Nankai University Tianjing 20 may 2017, Peking University Beijing 19-5-2017
  • """From Poetry and Vision to The Innovative Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Eco Civilization and Happy Life"", was given at Natinal Technical University of Athens Greece. 1-10-2016
  • Design Inspires Life - From Lao Tzu to Zhangjiajie Glass bridge and Shanghai city was given at SIVA- Shanghai, Institute of Visual Arts, Songjiang, China 21-12-2016
  • From Glass Bridge to the Miracle of Zhangjiajie Economic Urban Renewal was given at Architects Design Conference, Eilat, Israel 8-12-2016
  • Design Inspires Life - From The Innovative Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to The Economical Miracle of Zhangjiajie, China, was given at Megaron Mousikis, Arts Center, Athens, Greece. 1-12-2016[5]
  • From Poetry and Vision to The Innovative Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Eco Civilization and Happy Life was given at National Technical University of Athens Polytechnic, Athens, Greece. 1-12-2016
  • The Economist Adapt Or Die: "Design Inspires Life - From The Innovative Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge to Urban Renewal Economical Miracle, was given at The Economst International Mediterranean

Conference, Athens, Greece. 30-11-2016.

  • Urban Disaster or Ecological Paradise was given at Tongi University at 11.4.2011 and at The technion - israel institute of technology at 26.5.2011.
  • Life-Design & Our Future. The lecture was given at SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts) Shanghai, China.
  • Innovation & Collaboration - Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge - A Bridge for China & Israel cooperation in developing the next generation of innovations iNNOVEX2017 Tel Aviv, Isreal


  • Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania- THE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CONFERENCE Gaylord National Resort &Convention Center National Harbor Maryland 11-14 June 2018 [22]
  • The 37 World Congress of Poets, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.17 august 2017. [10]
  • Architects Design Conference, Eilat, Israel. 6 December 2017.[20]
  • The Economst International Mediterranean Conference, Athens, Greece. 30 November 2016.[5]
  • SIVA, Shanghai Culture Ministry Conference. 12 September 2016.
  • ChongMing Island Ecological Conference, Shanghai. 8 September 2016.
  • Eco Forum Global Conference, Guiyang. 7-10 July 2016.
  • CG5 Conference Ghent University, Belgium. 15-17 June 2016.


  • 2011 Works of Prof. Haim Dotan, DeTao Masters Academy at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shanghai, China.
  • 2011 Blurring Boundaries, United Intenational Architects-Israeli Biennale of Architecture, United Architects of Israel
  • 2009 Israel Design & Architecture Conference, Domus Magazine, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 2008 Echo in the Desert, Solo exhibition, ZeZeZe Architecture Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.[7]
  • 2007 School of Architecture, WIZO Academy of Design and Education, Haifa, Israel
  • 2003 Israeli Biennale of Architecture, United Architects of Israel Minkoff Auditorium, Shamoon College of Engineering, Be'er Sheva,Israel.
  • 2002 Electrical Engineering Building, Shamoon College of Engineering, Be'er Sheva, Israel, United Architects of Israel
  • 2002 Israeli Biennale of Architecture, United Architects of Israel Drawings - Haim Dotan


  • Glass Bridge, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon 2016
  • Israel Pavilion World EXPO Shanghi China 2010
  • Performing Arts Center, Ashdod, Israel 2010
  • Alon Building for High Tech, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel 2007.
  • Minkoff Auditorium, Shamoon College of Engineering, Be'er Sheva, Israel.


  1. , "architucture in israel ארכיטקטורה" Magazine for Architecture and town planning issue no.101 printed December 1997
  2. Architecture of Israel, Issue 44 pages 35-49, article "The Semiotic Steel of Haim Dotan",

External links[edit]


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