Born in Kaniv, Ukraine (1899-1994), named Jacob Schiffman. Immigrated to Israel in 1913. After being active in the Haganah, he traveled to London in 1921 to study engineering there. After graduating, he worked at Solel Boneh, and then began designing cities. In 1929 he was appointed engineer of the city of Tel Aviv, and was considered the father of the "White City" - the city built on the foundations of the Bauhaus style. Planning many schools in the city of Tel Aviv such as: Balfour School, Bialik and more.
A commemorative sign was found in the house where he lived in Tel Aviv
The buildings in the site designed by Yaakov Ben-Sira