Rachely Rotem leads MODU with years of experience working at a diverse range of design scopes and scales. Prior to founding MODU, she was the principal of Rachely Rotem Studio. In 2004, she won the “Catch the Light” international competition for the Athens Olympic Games. She has also won several recent international design competitions and awards. Before starting her own practice in 2009, she worked for established architecture practices in both Tel Aviv and New York, where she was a Project Manager for Leslie Gill Architect. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Technion (Cum Laude) in Haifa and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she was awarded both the Lowenfish Prize and the William Kinne Fellows Prize. She currently teaches in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed architect in Israel.