Daniel Libeskind is an internationally acclaimed architect and intellectual.
Born in Postwar Poland, he immigrated to America to study music, and became a virtuoso performer. After receiving a professional architectural degree in 1970 from the Cooper Union in New York City and a consecutive Postgraduate degree from Essex University in 1972, he worked as a Professor and Theorist for many years. Daniel Libeskind completed his first building only at the age of 52.
Since establishing his practice he has designed major public, commercial and residential projects around the world. These include the master plan for the World Trade Center in New York City, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, extensions to the Denver Art Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden, City University of Hong Kong’s Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, MGM Mirage's CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, among many others.
Daniel Libeskind received numerous Honors, Honorary Doctorates and Professorships from prestigious institutions ranging from Haifa’s Technion, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London to the University of California Los Angeles, Harvard University and Yale University. He teaches as a Professor at Leuphana University in Lüneburg since 2007. Through his seminars, Daniel Libeskind developed the university’s new main building jointly with dozens of Leuphana College students from all fields of study. The building is currently under construction and due to be opened to the public in the fall of 2014.
Daniel Libeskind’s commitment to expanding the scope of architecture reflects his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, literature and music. Fundamental to Libeskind’s philosophy is the notion that buildings are formal, emotional and social statements, addressing the greater cultural context in which they are built.
Daniel Libeskind lives with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind, in New York City.