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Dr. Inbal Ben-Asher-Gitler



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Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler is a lecturer of modern art, architecture and visual culture at Sapir Academic College and adjunct lecturer at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She received her PhD from Tel Aviv University. She researches modern and contemporary Israeli architecture and visual culture. Her recent publications include “Visualizing democracy, difference and Judaism in Israeli posters, 1948 – 1978,” published in Israel Studies, the edited volume, Monuments and Site-Specific Sculpture in Urban and Rural Space (Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017), and co-editing of the exhibition catalog Timely Teaching: Educational Idealism and Modern Architecture. Her edited volume, Israel as A Modern Architectural Experimental Lab, 1948-1978, co-edited with Anat Geva of Texas A&M University, is forthcoming at Intellect Books. She is presently researching the architecture of Jerusalem during the British Mandate and is investigating the implementation and assimilation of Brutalism and Structuralism in Israel from the 1950s until the 1970s. Dr. Gitler is co-chair of the Israel Branch of DoCoMoMo International.

Areas of Interest

  • Architectural History of Palestine/Eretz Israel and Israel
  • Visual Culture
  • Relationships between art and architecture


Hebrew lective year: תשפ


Current research projects include: 

1) Architecture as as Cross-Cultural Project: Building in Jerusalem during the British Mandate, 1917-1948

2) Ram Karmi's architecture in the Negev

3) Gender in Israeli Stamps: the representations of women in official stamps of the Israeli Philatelic Service (with Dr. Einat Lachover, Sapir Academic College)


2018: Israel Science Foundation (ISF). Title of Project: “Architecture as as Cross-Cultural Project: Building in Jerusalem during the British Mandate, 1917-1948.” PI: Inbal Ben-Asher-Gitler 

2011: Rich Foundation Award for Advancement of Women in the Academy for traveling to a professional conference (Ben-Gurion University).

2006: Stipend from the YMCA of the USA for conducting research in the USA, investigating the artists and architects who worked on the Jerusalem YMCA building. 

2016: Sapir Academic College outstanding lecturer title.

2011: Fellowship to deliver a paper at the 27th AIS Annual Conference: “Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State,” Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. 

2010: Ben-Gurion University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2008: Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship for delivering a paper at the Society of Architectural Historians’ 61st Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
2006: Fellowship to deliver a paper at the General Assembly of the YMCA of the USA, Nashville, TN. (incorporated with stipend listed below in Research Grants)



Edited Books:

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, Yael Allweil, Dana Gordon and Eran Tamir (Eds.), Timely Teaching: Educational Idealism and Modern Architecture, Architects House Gallery (Israel Association of United Architects), Tel-Aviv Yafo, 2017 (Hebrew and English).

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal (Ed.), Monuments and Site-Specific Sculpture in Urban and Rural Space, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Newcastle on Tyne, 2017.

in Progress:
Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal and Anat Geva, Israel as A Modern Architectural Experimental Lab, 1948-1978, Edited book for series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East, edited by Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber, published in association with the Society of Architectural Historians of the USA. Forthcoming 2019, Intellect Books (peer-reviewed).

Chapters in Collective Volumes (Peer-reviewed)

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Some notes on Applying Postcolonial methodologies to Architectural history research in Israel/Palestine,” in: Martha Langford (Ed.), Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World, McGills-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 2017, 100-122.

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, and Shlomit Tamari, “The Marcus Family Campus: New Design and Contemporary Architecture,” in: Yehuda Grados and Isaac (Yanni) Nevo (eds.), Science and Scholarship in the Negev: The Story of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, Beer-Sheva, 2014, 551-580. (Hebrew).

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Campus Architecture as Nation Building: Israeli Architect Arieh Sharon’s Obafemi Awolowo University Campus in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1962-1976,” in: Lu, Duanfang (Ed.), Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development, and Identity, Routledge, Oxon and New York, 2011, 112-140.

Refereed Articles

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Visualizing Democracy, difference and Judaism in Israeli Posters, 1948-1978,” Israel Studies (22, no. 3, 2017), 48-76. DOI: 10.2979/israelstudies.22.3.03

Har-Gil, Amir and Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler, “Landscape and Architecture of the Israeli Kibbutz as represented in Film and Television,” Israel Studies Review, 30, no. 1 (2015), 101-129. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.3167/isr.2015.300107

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Between Gender, Architecture and Design: Some visual perspectives of online journalism,” History and Theory: The Protocols, Vol. 20: “Readings,” April 2011 (Hebrew). Online Journal of the Bezalel Academy of Art, URL: http://bezalel.secured.co.il/zope/home/he/1292052032

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Reconstructing Religions: Jewish place and space in the Jerusalem YMCA Building, 1919-1933,” Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte, (60, no. 1, 2008), 41-62. DOI: 10.1163/157007308783360543

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Biblical Imagery in the Sculptural Program of the Jerusalem YMCA, 1919-1933,” Motar (15, 2007), 95-106 (Hebrew).
Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “‘Marrying Modern Progress with Treasured Antiquity’: Jerusalem City Plans during the British Mandate, 1917-1948”, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (published by IASTE, University of California, Berkeley) (15, no. 1, 2003), 39-58. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41758029

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “C.R. Ashbee's Jerusalem Years: Arts & Crafts, Orientalism and British Regionalism”, Assaph: Studies in Art History, 5 (2000), 29-52.

Exhibition Catalogs with Research Chapters (peer-reviewed)

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal and Anat Geva, “Brutalism and Structuralism in the South: The Impact of Eldar Sharon,” in: Arieh Sharon: The State’s Architect, Eran Neuman )Ed.), Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, forthcoming 2018 (English and Hebrew).

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Arieh and Eldar Sharon,” in: Benno Albrecht (Ed.), Africa: Big Change Big Chance, Trienalle di Milano, Editrice Compositori, Bologna, 2014.

Conference Proceedings

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal and Ruth Verde Zein, “’A mass of tradition and association:’ reviving and reliving the buildings of Brutalism,” Proceedings of the 14th International Docomomo Conference: Adaptive Reuse – The Modern Movement Towards the Future, Docomomo International / Casa de Arquitectura, Lisbon, 2016.

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Not all that’s grey is ‘Brutalism’: Architectural concepts in planning Beer Sheba, 1950-1980,” Tichnun Annual Conference Proceedings 2015, 30 (Hebrew).

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “Be’er-Sheva as an Architectural Laboratory,” Architecture and Landscape: Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference, 14 (Hebrew).

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, and Naomi Meiri-Dann, "Looking Back and Looking Now: Thoughts on Architecture’s construction of History," Proceedings of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Annual Conference, Turin, Italy, 2014.

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, and Shlomit Tamari, “Mediating Modernism in Campus Architecture: Preservation and Revival in Israeli Universities”, in: (Revised) Proceedings of the 12th International Docomomo Conference: The Survival of Modern – From Coffee Cup to Plan, Docomomo.

Newspaper / Journal Articles / Other Publications

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “100 years of Bauhaus: its legacy in Israel’s Desert Periphery,” Jüdische Geschichte & Kulture: Magazin des Dubnow-Instituts, forthcoming 2019.

Ben-Asher Gitler, Inbal, “About what’s not concealed in the plans for the future Gush Dan Metro,” 19 July, 2016, D+A Magazine, http://www.urian.co.il/תרבות-וסגנון/על-מה-שלא-סמוי-מן-העין-ברכבת-הקלה-העתידי/ (Hebrew).


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