- Gilbert Herbert
Israeli family of architects of Russian origin.
(b Kovalev’ska, Russia, 1899; d Tel Aviv, Dec 18, 1960).
He studied at the Technical Institute of Nikolayev (now Ukraine) before emigrating to Palestine in 1919, where he worked for a period for the Jewish Agency as an engineer. He went overseas to continue his studies in 1926, first at the Regia Scuola della Ingegneria (1926–7), Rome, then at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (c. 1928–31), Paris. In 1932 he returned to Palestine and set up his own office in Tel Aviv, with a wide-ranging practice that included villas and flats for private owners in Tel Aviv, hospitals and other major institutional buildings, and eventually the planning and design of kibbutzim (communal settlements).
With Arieh Sharon and Dov Karmi, Rechter was one of the principal exponents of modern architecture in Palestine. His block of flats, Bet Engel (...