Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1938, Moshe Safdia moved to Canada in 1953 where he graduated in architecture in 1961 from McGill University.
In 1964 he established his own firm in Montreal and, in 1970, he opened a Jerusalem branch office, commencing an intense involvement with the rebuilding of the old city. He was responsible for major segments of the restoration of the city and the reconstruction of the new center.
In 1978, after teaching at Yale, McGill and Ben Gurion Universities, Safdie relocated his residence and principal office to Boston.
He served as Director of the Urban Design program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1978 to 1984, and Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design from 1984 to 1989.
Completing a wide range of projects, such as cultural, educational, civic institutions, neighborhoods and public parks, mixed-use, urban centers, airports, masterplan, Safdie has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees and civil honors, including the Companion Order of Canada and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.