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Leading Israeli architect Ram Karmi dies

JERUSALEM (AP) - Ram Karmi, a leading Israeli architect whose work is both celebrated and controversial, has died. He was 82.

Karmi won the Israel Prize, the country's highest honor, in 2002 for his architecture.

Together with sister Ada Karmi-Melamed, he designed Israel's Supreme Court and with a New York firm, he co-designed the newest terminal at the Ben Gurion International Airport.

Both buildings were lauded but Karmi's other designs provoked criticism, including his Tel Aviv central bus station, a concrete labyrinth of staircases and escalators.

Karmi dismissed the criticism in a 2010 TV interview, saying: "I know what I did was something big. And I don't care what people say."

Karmi, who died Thursday, is survived by his wife and six children. The funeral is due on Friday near Tel Aviv.

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