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Daniel Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind
* Lodz, Poland [Polska], 12 May 1946
nationality: american
Studio Daniel Libeskind
2, Rector Street
NY 10006 New York - United States
Tel: +1.212.497.9100 - Fax: +
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 centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.


University of Essex, School of Comparative Studies
Essex, Great Britain
M.A. History and Theory of Architecture

The Cooper Union School of Architecture
New York, New York, USA
B.Arch Summa Cum Laude


Born in postwar Poland in 1946, Mr. Libeskind became an American citizen in 1965. He studied music in Israel (on the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship) and in New York, becoming a virtuoso performer. He left music to study architecture, receiving his professional architectural degree in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1972.
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, Tel Aviv, Israel; opened in October, 2005. Most recently, the Frederic C. Hamilton building, Extension to the Denver Art Museum, alongside the Denver Museum Residences, in Colorado, opened in October 2006, The Extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, opened in June of 2007, and the Glass Courtyard, an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin, which covers the original Courtyard, was completed in the Fall 2007. The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, a residential high-rise in Covington, Kentucky opened in March 2008. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California opened in June 2008 and Westside, the largest shopping and wellness center in Europe, opened in October 2008, in Bern, Switzerland.
Several of Mr. Libeskind’s projects are currently under construction, including: the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany; the Grand Canal Performing Arts Centre and Galleria in Dublin, Ireland; CityCenter, a retail complex, on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada; Zlota 44; a residential high rise in Warsaw, Poland; the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy; Haeundae Udong Hyundai l’Park, a mixed-use development in Busan, South Korea; Reflections, a waterfront, residential development in Keppel Bay, Singapore; Riverstone in Incheon, South Korea; Creative Media Centre in Hong Kong, and a grand piano design for Schimmel Piano is currently in production. Upon winning the World Trade Center design competition in February 2003, Daniel Libeskind was appointed as master plan architect for the site in New York City. Memory Foundations is now under construction.
Mr. Libeskind has many other projects in design and planning, such as The New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston, Massachusetts; the L Tower and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada; Rejuvenation, a center for children in the Katrina-ravaged area of Gulfport, Mississippi; Editoriale Bresciana Tower in Brescia; and Orestad Downtown Master Site Plan, in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is a 5km development zone.
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, and 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. He was awarded the 1999 Deutsche Architekturpreis (German Architecture Prize) for the Jewish Museum Berlin; also the 2000 Goethe Medallion for cultural contribution; in 1996 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Architecture and in the same year the Berlin Cultural Prize; in 1990 a membership in the European Academy of Arts and Letters; in 1997 an Honorary Doctorate from Humboldt Universität, Berlin; also in 1999 an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Arts and Humanities, Essex University, England; in 2002 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Doctorate from DePaul University, Chicago, and most recently in 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 Centre and the Imperial War Museum North, the latter of which was also nominated for the Stirling Prize. Also in 2004, Mr. Libeskind was appointed 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 other publications. 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 memoir, Breaking Ground. The foreign language editions were published in January/February of 2005, encompassing more than 90 countries. In November, 2008, Monacelli Press (Random House, INC.) published an extensive monograph of his work, Counterpoint, in conversation with Paul Goldberger.

Edited by Studio Daniel Libeskind
Lifetime Achievement Award
LEAF International (Leading European Architecture Forum)
Buber-Rosenzweig Medal - DKR (German Coordinating Council of Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation)
2017 - 2023
France [France] » Nice
2006 - 2012
Reflections at Keppel Bay
Singapore » Singapore
2010 - 2012
Jüdisches Museum Berlin Academy
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
2004 - 2010
Grand Canal Square Theatre
Ireland [Eire] » Dublin
2005 - 2009
United States » Las Vegas
2000 - 2008
Switzerland [Schweiz/Suisse] » Berne [Bern/Berne]
2004 - 2008
United States » Covington
2002 - 2007
Canada » Toronto
2004 - 2007
Jüdisches Museum Berlin - Glashof
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
2002 - 2005
Memoria e luce
Italy [Italia] » Padova
2000 - 2002
United States » San Francisco
1997 - 2002
United Kingdom » Manchester
1995 - 2000
Germany [Deutschland] » Bremen
1989 - 2000
Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1994 - 1998
Felix Nussbaum Haus
Germany [Deutschland] » Osnabrück
Daniel Libeskind, Breaking Ground, Riverhead Books, 2004
tr. it. Breaking Ground. Un'avventura tra architettura e vita, Sperling & Kupfer, Milano 2005
review: Gianni Pettena, "L'avventura di Libeskind/The Libeskind adventure", Domus 881, maggio/may 2005, "Libri/Books" pp. 112-113
review: Filippo De Pieri, "Libeskind in pantofole", Il giornale dell'architettura 27, marzo 2005, "Libri" p. 32
Attilio Terragni, Daniel Libeskind, Paolo Rosselli, Atlante Terragni. Architetture costruite, Skira, Genève-Milano 2004
Daniel Libeskind, The Space of Encounter, Universe Press, New York 2001
Daniel Libeskind, The Jewish Museum Berlin, Verlag der Kunst, Berlin 1999
Daniel Libeskind, Fishing from the Pavement, NAI Uitgevers/Publishers, Rotterdam 1997
Daniel Libeskind, Cecil Balmond, Unfolding, NAI Uitgevers/Publishers, Rotterdam 1997
Daniel Libeskind, Kein Ort an seiner Stelle, Verlag der Künste, Dresden 1995
Daniel Libeskind, Countersign, Academy Editions, London 1992/Rizzoli Editions, New York 1992
Daniel Libeskind, Marking the City Boundaries, Groningen 1990
Daniel Libeskind, Line of Fire, Electa, Milano 1988
Daniel Libeskind, Theatrum Mundi, Architectural Association, London 1985
Daniel Libeskind, Chamberworks, Architectural Association, London 1983
Daniel Libeskind, Between Zero and Infinity, Rizzoli, New York 1981
Paul Goldberger, Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind, Birkhäuser, 2008
Filippo De Pieri, "Libeskind in pantofole", Il giornale dell'architettura 27, marzo 2005, "Libri" p. 32
Deyan Sudjic, "Il vero Libeskind/The Real Libeskind", Domus 858, aprile/april 2003, "Post script" pp. 178-179
Ole Bouman, "Beyond The Wall 26.36°", Domus 798, novembre/november 1997, pp. 61-68
Alois Martin Müller (ed.), Radix:Matrix: Works and Writings of Daniel Libeskind, Prestel Verlag, Münich 1997
El Croquis 80, 1996/IV [Daniel Libeskind 1987-1996]
François Burkhardt, "Oltre la memoria: un'opera che integra storia e testimonianza/Beyond memory: a work combining history and evidence", Crossing 4, giugno/june 2002 [Luoghi di culto/Places for workship], pp. 10-11 (4-13)
Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, "Tra metodo, idea e desiderio/Between Method, Idea and Desire", Domus 731, ottobre/october 1991, pp. 17-28
Never Say the Eye is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind, Roma, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, 11 march / 30 april 2013
Daniel Libeskind, Cincinnati (OH), CAC - Contemporary Arts Center, 23 february/11 may 2008
Beyond The Wall 26.36°, Rotterdam, Netherlands Architecture Institute, 9 september/23 november 1997
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