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The Board of Trustees of the National Health has selected Atlanta as the home for this uncommon educational resource. Recently completed economic research estimates that NHM would attract between 1.1 and 1.4 million annual visitors to a location in downtown Atlanta, near Centennial Olympic Park. The NHM Board of Trustees is currently considering several site opportunities in this dynamic neighborhood, which is home to a variety of highly popular visitor attractions.

The Museum is privileged to have as its architect the world-renowned Moshe Safdie. Safdie was born in Haifa, Israel and educated at McGill University in Montreal. After an apprenticeship with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia (1962-63), he returned to Montreal to design the master plan of the 1967 World Exposition. Safdie established his own practice in 1964 to design and supervise the construction of Habitat '67, the pioneering residential complex whose underlying ideas on urbanism and building systems emerged from his thesis. Safdie established his Jerusalem office in 1970. In addition to his professional practice, Safdie taught at many universities in the late 1960s and 1970s, including McGill, Yale, and Ben Gurion. In 1978 he was appointed Director of the Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. From 1984-1989, he was Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. Safdie has written several books, most notably, Form and Purpose (1982), Beyond Habitat by 20 Years (1987), and Jerusalem: The Future of the Past (1989). His most recent book is The City After the Automobile (1997). Moshe Safdie has received the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Gold Medal as well as many honorary degrees. In 1990 the Moshe Safdie Archive was established at the Canadian Architecture Collection at McGill University.

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