Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA, is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. He is well known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions – including museums and concert halls – to convention centres, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centres and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.

In 1989, Mr. Libeskind won the competition for the Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in September 2001 to wide public acclaim. The city museum of Osnabrück, Germany, The Felix Nussbaum Haus, opened in July 1998. In July 2002, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England opened to the public. Atelier Weil, a private atelier/gallery, opened in Mallorca, Spain in September 2003. The Graduate Student Centre at the London Metropolitan University opened in March 2004, and the Danish Jewish Museum opened in Copenhagen in June 2004.Tangent, an office tower for the Hyundai Development Corporation, opened in Seoul, Korea in February 2005, Memoria e Luce, a 9/11 memorial in Padua, Italy opened on September 11, 2005 and the Wohl Centre, Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel were opened in October 2005. The Extension to the Denver Art Museum and the Museum Residences in Denver, Colorado were both completed in October 2006.

Several of Mr. Libeskind’s projects are currently under construction, including: the Extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Westside, the largest shopping and wellness centre in Europe in Bern, Switzerland; the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany; the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, a residential high-rise in Covington, Kentucky; the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; Sukkah, an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin; a grand piano design for Schimmel Pianos is currently in production, and a chair for Wilde & Spieth will soon be released.

Mr. Libeskind has many other projects in design and planning, such as the Grand Canal Performing Arts Centre and Galleria in Dublin, Ireland; a Creative Media Centre for the City University of Hong Kong; the New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston, Massachusetts; Epic and Aura, two high-rise housing developments in Sacramento, California; the redevelopment of the Hummingbird Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada; the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy, a 65-acre site of skyscrapers, housing, retail, and commercial space; Reflections at Keppel Bay, a waterfront, residential development in Singapore; a high-rise condominium tower in Union City, New Jersey; a retail complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, a residential tower in Warsaw, Poland; a master plan of the Orestad Development in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Jewish War Veteran’s Memorial in Toronto, Canada.

Upon winning the World Trade Center design competition in Feb 2003, Daniel Libeskind was appointed as master plan architect for the site in New York City.

Mr. Libeskind has taught and lectured at many universities worldwide. He has held such positions as the Frank O. Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany, the Cret Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Louis Kahn Chair at Yale University. He has received numerous awards, including the

  • 2001 – Hiroshima Art Prize – an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect
  • 1999 – Deutscher Architekturpreis (German Architecture Prize) for the Jewish Museum Berlin
  • 2000 – Goethe Medaillon for cultural contribution
  • 1996 – the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Architecture and the Berlin Cultural Prize
  • 1990 – a membership in the European Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1997 – an Honorary Doctorate from Humboldt Universit?t, Berlin
  • 1999 – an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Arts and Humanities, Essex University, England
  • 2002 – an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Doctorate from DePaul University, Chicago,
  • 2004 – an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toronto. Two of Mr. Libeskind’s buildings won RIBA Awards in 2004, the London Metropolitan University Graduate Center and the Imperial War Museum North, the latter of which was also nominated for the Stirling Prize.

In 2004, Mr. Libeskind became the first Cultural Ambassador for Architecture by the U.S. Department of State, as part of the CultureConnect Program.

Daniel Libeskind’s work has been exhibited extensively in major museums and galleries around the world and has also been the subject of numerous international publications in many languages. His buildings have appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, Newsweek, Architectural Record, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Mr. Libeskind’s ideas have influenced a new generation of architects and those interested in the future development of cities and culture. In September 2004, Riverhead Books (Penguin Group) published his memoirs, Breaking Ground. The foreign language editions were published in January/February of 2005, encompassing more than 90 languages.