Rachelle Alterman, Professor
Curriculum Vitae

Academic Degrees, Appointments, And Prizes


1968 - B.A. Honours, with First Class Honours,  Univ. of Manitoba, Canada. Major:  Sociology. (B.A. Honours is a 4 year degree instead of 3.) (First year was taken at Hebrew Univ. sociology major, 1965-6.)

1970 - M.C.P - Master of City Planning, Special Honors, University of Manitoba.   

1976 - Doctor of Science (Urban & Regional Planning), Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. 

1985 - LL.B., Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.  Citation for Distinguished Achievements.

At the Technion (faculty member since 1976):

Holder of the David Azrieli Chair in Architecture/ Town Planning (Since October 1997)  

Full Professor, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (since March 1994)

 (Previous academic ranks: Lecturer, 1976; Senior Lecturer with Tenure, 1980; Associate Professor, 1986)

Visiting academic appointments

Jan - Aug. 2006 - Visiting  Research Scholar, University of Miami, Florida Schools of Law and of Architecture. In association with the Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

Sept. - Dec. 2005 - Visiting professor in The Netherlands: The Land Use Planning Group, Department of Environmental Science, Wageningen University.  And Planologie group, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Feb.- Mar. 2000 - Visiting Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Aug. 25-Sept. 30 1993 - Visiting Professor, Law School, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida..

Sept. 1992-June 1993 - Visiting Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Sep.86 - Aug.87 -  Visiting Associate Professor, Urban Planning Program, and Research Associate, Urban Research Center, New York University;

Aug.81 - Jul.82 -  Visiting Associate Professor ‑ Department. of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Adjunct Appointments

1989-90 - Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem;

1993-94 - Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Haifa University.

Research fellowships

Feb. 1984 - Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar on urban and regional planning; held at Salzburg, Austria; won full-time fellowship award.

Sept. 86 - Aug. 87 -  Visiting Fellow, School of Architecture, Princeton University.

July 88 - Oct.88 - International Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass.

1992-1993 - Fellow of the Institute for Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Wisconsin.

Feb. 1994 - Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science; 5 weeks' stay at University of Tsukuba, College of Socio-Economic Planning. [International Fellowship competition].

Senior Researcher, Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion.

External University Academic Reviewer
Served on the Academic Review Committee of Delft University of Technology Faculty or Architecture and the Built Environment and of Eindhoven University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and Planning. November 2010.


Honours and Awards

July 2012 – Awarded a rare Honorary Membership of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning)

September 2010 – Best Conference Paper Award at the RICS Legal Research Symposium, COBRA 2010 annual Conference held at Dauphine Université Paris, 2 & 3 September 2010.

February 2010 - named First Honorary Fellow of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights.

April 2009. Awarded the prestigious national "Landau Prize for Academic Achievements" in the category of "urban studies". Prize committee statement: "undoubtedly the leading researcher in Israel in the area of urban planning".

July 2007 -  Recipient of a special "Certificate of Appreciation" for "special dedication" granted by the Association of the European Schools of Planning (where I established the Planning and Law track that later evolved into the International Academic Association for Planning, Law and Property Rights). The only such award granted, and the only non-European to be honored by AESOP.  At the annual congress held in Napoli

March 2007 - Recipient of the Israel Planners' Distinguished Award (Yekir HaTichnun ) for 2007 (the highest honor in the planning field in Israel granted by the Israel Planners' Association).    

April 1998 - Award by the American Planning Association for Best Paper of the Year in the Journal of the American Planning Association (1997 years).  (the first time the prestigious award was given to a non-American). 

January 1998 -  selected by  Mivnim  - the monthly journal of the construction sector in Israel - as "Person of the Year" for 1997.  For the contribution that my research has made to planning and building practice.

March 1997 - "Shield of the Minister of Environmental Quality"  - prize for research report on Planning for Women, 1996.  With Arza Churchman as lead author, and others.

Nov. 1990 - Local Government Prize for research publications in urban planning.  Awarded by Rabbi Arie  Derii, the Minister of the Interior, for publications on developer obligations for public services in Israel and in several other countries.

Jan. 1989 - The Ben‑Shemesh Prize in Land Policy and Law;  for research report titled:  "Alternative Methods for Obtaining Land for Public Facilities: Legal Aspects and Planning Considerations". With research assistant:  Ms. Miri Vitek.

May  1985 - The Zilbiger Prize in Local Government Law, awarded by the Israel Bar Association, City of Tel‑Aviv, and the Tel‑Aviv University Faculty of Law, for paper on Exactions of Land for Public Services  (while studying for my law degree at TAU).

April 1980 - Research and Science Prize of the Association of Local Government; awarded by the Minister of the Interior in the presence of the President of Israel.

1971-1975 - Technion Graduate Scholarships (for doctoral studies).

1968 - 1970 University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (awarded to students with the highest excellence campus-wide)

1970 - American Planning Association Best Student Award at the University of Manitoba, 1970.


Major Academic-Administrative Roles at Technion

January 2010 – current -  Appointed member of the Technion Academic Board for Continuous Education and External Studies

February 2008 – current - Head, Graduate Committee for the Master of Real Estate Degree Program, Technion ( Israel's first degree in real estate that I initiated, and co-founded with Prof. Yerach Doytsher)

January 2008 – current - Head, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Technion

June 2007 – June 2009 - Member, Technion Board of Governors Executive Committee (as one of four elected representatives of the Faculty Senate) 

Feb. 2003 –Dec. 2004 - Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.

Jan. 1999 –Jan. 2003 - Chair, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.

Jan. 1998 – Dec, 1999 - Elected Member, Senate Committee for Senior Appointments and Promotions.

Jan. 1995 – Dec. 1997 - Elected Member, Senate Committee for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

Nov. 1995 - 1996 - Appointed Member, awards and distinctions committee of the Graduate School

Jan. 1995 - 1996 - Elected Member, Senate Committee for Honorary Academic Degrees

Oct. 1993 - Oct. 1994 - Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.

March 1994 – 2003 - Advisor to the president of the Technion on the status of  women.

1994 - 1995 - Technion Alumni Association - chair of the internal comptroller committee.

July 89 - Jan. 92 - Director,  The Klutznick Center for Urban and Regional Studies,  Technion. 

Jan. 88 – Feb. 89 - Chair, Graduate Program in Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.       

1988; 1990 - 1994 - Elected member of the Faculty of Architecture's Committees for Faculty Appointments and Promotions ("Faculty Preparatory Committee").  Permanent member as of March 1, 1994   (ex officio as professor)

1988 - current - Representative of the Technion at AESOP – Assoc. of Euro. Schools of  Planning

Sep. 1982 - Jan.1985 - Chair, Graduate Program in Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.   1.86-4.86 - Acting Chair.

1977 - current - Member, Board of Directors, Center for Urban & Regional Studies, Technion.

Editorial Boards

Member of editorial boards:
(The journals in italics are regarded as among the leading academic journals in the planning field):

May 2009 - Journal of Planning Education and Research  (journal of the Association   of Collegiate Schools of Planning, U.S.A.)

June 08 - current - International Journal of Law in the Built Environment.

2003 – Aug 08- Journal of the American Planning Association.

1993 - Town Planning Review (Liverpool University, U.K. –  the oldest academic planning journal in the world; several renewed terms)
1999 - Planning Theory and Practice (co published by the Royal Town Planning Institute, U.K., and Routledge). (two renewed terms)

1983 - 90 - Journal of Planning Education and Research  (journal of the Association   of Collegiate Schools of Planning, U.S.A.)
1987-1989 - Land Assembly and Development ‑ A Journal of Land Readjustment Studies (U.S.A.)

1987 – approx 1992 - Ir Ve'Ezor (City and Region) (Israel).

Occasional Reviewer for Journals and book publishers
Frequent (blind) reviewer of papers for: Journal of the American Planning Association, Planning Theory and Practice, Town Planning Review, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Urban Affairs Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Planning Literature, Urban Design, Social Justice Research, European Planning Studies, Urban Affairs Review, International Planning Studies, Environment and Planning, Landscape and Urban Planning, Environmental Politics, European Planning Policy

Israeli academic journals (Ir VeEzor, Horizons in Geography, etc.)

Reviewer for book and journal proposals: Book publishers:  Elsevier, Routledge

Reviewer for research proposals - Inernational and national research institutes

Invited (May 2008) to join the European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers (only a few reviewers in each field are selected worldwide).

U.S. Social Science institutes; The Netherlands - NWO-NL; Israel Ministry of Science; Israel National Research Fund; Israel Ministry of the Environment; US Socio-Economic Science Fund, Israel Yad HaNadiv Foundation.  Center for Land Use Policy Research, Jerusalem.

Membership in scientific and professional associations
PLPR - International Academic Association in Planning, Law and Property Rights  - Founding President (2007-2010)

IPA - Israel Planners' Association

APA - American Planning Association,  Planning and Law Division; International Planning division.

AESOP - Association of European Schools of Planning ‑ Representative of Technion.

Past memberships

AEAI - in the 1990s Association of Engineers and Architects in Israel � the Architects and Town Planners section.

ABA - American Bar Association, Foreign Associate Member.  (To 1994)  Division of State and Local Government Law.

ISOCARP - Int-l Society of City & Regional Planners. Deputy Head of the Israeli delegation (until 1996).

SCUPAD - Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning & Development (International association of planners who have been fellows of the Salzburg Seminar).

LSA - Law and Society Association. (Till 1995)