TeMA is a planning firm that investigates the seams between the professions of architecture and landscape architecture. The urban context forms the basis for all work done by the firm and acts as a catalyst for its detailed planning and design schemas. The landscaping takes place mostly above basement roofs and buildings, covering underneath the complex infrastructure that enables it.
We develop our projects with an underlying theme. The theme runs like a thread between various parts and layers of each project, thus enabling its comprehension beyond the aesthetic experience. The theme serves the different planning phases allowing for a fruitful dialogue to take place within the design team, as well as with the client.
We believe that each project and site should be endowed with a particular design concept and a unique idea. This approach to design originates in the notion that different sites and programs have singular characteristics. We always develop a design idea with notable aspects, not only at a conceptual level, but distinguishable at every detail.
TeMA was founded in 2000 by Lital Szmuk Fabian and Orna Fraifeld
Best, who met during their Masters studies at the Harvard University,
Graduate School of Design in Boston, Massachusetts. As a landscape architect who worked at Martha Schwartz's Partners firm in Boston for four year, Lital participated in such key projects as Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, Fukuoka's residential project in Gifu, Japan, and a central square in Manchester, England. Orna is an architect who previously worked in the firm of Tzvi Hare’l and Gidi Bar Orian and taught in Bezalel’s Department of Architecture for six years.
Focusing primarily on the urban context, Tema is involved in such enterprises as the new cultural centre in Ashdod, the Peres Center for Peace, Tel Aviv’s Cultural Square, and Holon’s Museum of Design.