Dr. Arie Nesher has been the Professional Director of the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) since its establishment in the year 2000, and was one of the initiators and founders of the school. In this capacity Dr. Nesher supports the academic Heads of School throughout the years, in an effort to develop the sphere of environmental studies at Tel Aviv University (TAU). Such activity includes: the launch of unique study programs; advancement of interdisciplinary activity, connecting faculties and departments from across the campus in order to work on common environmental issues; and the construction of a variety of new areas of research and study at the university, such as environmental law, environmental education, green architecture, green chemistry, environmental management and environmental economics. Additionally, Dr. Nesher works to advance the relationships between PSES and environmental NGOs, governmental ministries, commercial bodies and industrial companies throughout the country, and develop cooperation with other academic institutions and research centers around the world.
Dr. Nesher is an architect and city planner. He received his B.Arch. from the Pratt Institute (NY), and his M.Arch. M.C.P (City Planning) and Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctoral thesis (1981) addresses a subject still pertinent today: "Social and Psychological Aspects of Planning Public Housing in Israel".
During his extensive career, Dr. Nesher planned many buildings and projects across Israel and held a variety of central positions, including: Consultant for Urban Development and Rehabilitation to the Mayor of Tel Aviv; Chief Architect of the National Project Renewal for Israel's Ministry of Housing and the Jewish Agency (the project addressed physical, social and economic aspects and included 90 neighborhoods); Chief Architect of the Ministry of Housing and Construction. In his architectural practice in Israel and the United States, his projects included design of public facilities, commercial and office space, residential development and rehabilitation, industrial parks and environmental initiatives. He taught courses on environmental planning, urban renewal and the history of modern architecture.