Israel is a talented designer, a skillful technician and a thorough construction contract administrator.
In 2013, with Partner Cleary Buckley, he won the commission to design the new Delamar Hotel in West Hartford, CT, in a competitive process that included submissions from world-class hospitality design firms.
Since establishing his practice in 2006, he has created some of Burlington’s most notable hospitality projects, including Hotel Vermont and Phase II of the Courtyard Marriott in Burlington. Israel also recently teamed-up with Adamson-Riva Architects to win the commission for the Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia, PA, which consists of multiple new buildings including a Conference Center and Chapel.
Israel’s experience in Vermont began at Truex-Cullins in Burlington. While at the firm, he completed the construction phase of the Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel Phase One and contributed to the design of the Spruce Peak Base Camp and Topnotch Resort and Spa.
Prior to moving to Vermont in 2004, he spent 15 years working in Philadelphia and New York City. In Philadelphia, he participated in additions and renovations of historic estates. He was a member of the four-person team designing the Evanston Public Library in 1993 in Chicago. The building was designed in the days before LEED, but it was one of the first Chicago-area buildings to address the problem of VOC’s and indoor air quality. In New York, he worked on restoration and adaptive reuse projects.
In addition to hotel design, Israel enjoys creating restaurant environments and has been involved in a number of local projects including Bluebird Tavern, Hen of the Wood (architect-of-record, Scott Kester – interior designer) and multiple Skinny Pancake locations, including at the Burlington Int’l Airport and renovation of the flagship location on Burlington’s waterfront which included an expanded bar, dining and music venue.