Renowned architect on achieving a balance of hope, remembering the lost at World Trade Center site
About Daniel Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind, B.ARCH. M.A. BDA AIA, is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. With over forty projects worldwide, Libeskind’s practice extends from museums and concert halls to convention centers, universities, hotels, shopping centers, and residential projects.
Born in Łódź, Poland in 1946, Libeskind was a virtuoso accordion player at a young age before giving up music to become an architect. Today he is universally known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach.
Libeskind's prominence in the United States was firmly established in 2003 with his selection as the master planner commissioned to rebuild the World Trade Center site in New York City, the most significant, complex, politically and emotionally charged American architectural project in decades. Mr. Libeskind has also worked on several other master plans, ranging in stages from concept to completion, including: Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’Park, a mixed-use project in Busan, South Korea; Orestad Downtown Master Site Plan, a 5km development zone, in Copenhagen, Denmark; the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy.
Noted for his captivating museum architecture and dramatic urban designs, Daniel Libeskind creates architecture of spiritual and ethical resonance. His ideas have influenced a new generation of architects and those interested in the future development of cities and culture. In 2001, he became the first architect awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize, given to an artist whose work promotes understanding and peace. In 2003, he was appointed the first Cultural Ambassador for Architecture by the U.S. Department of State.
Libeskind has taught and lectured at universities all over the world, received numerous awards and designed world-renowned projects, including the master plan for the World Trade Center in New York and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, among others. Daniel resides in New York City.