Daniel Libeskind Lecture


Daniel Libeskind 

I stood in-line to see Daniel Libeskind at the USF in April 2017. A great lecture.

The slideshow pictures of the Jewish Museum in Berlin were taken by Dolores Browne, BArch in 2010. The Jewish Museum was Daniel Libeskind's first building.  

A Polish-American architect, artist, professor and set designer. Born May 12, 1946. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect. His buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the extension to the Denver Art Museum in the United States, the Grand Canal Museum in Dublin, the Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester, England, the Michael Lee- Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Felix in Osnabruck, Germany, the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Wohl Centre at the Bar-IIan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. His portfolio also includes several residential projects. Libeskind's work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Bauhaus Archives, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Centre Pomidou. On February 27, 2003, Libeskind won the competition to be the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. 

Born in Lodz, Poland, Libeskind was the second child of Dora and Nachman Libeskind, both Polish Jews and Holocaust survivors. As a young child, Libeskind learned to play the accordian and quickly became a virtuoso, performing on Polish television1953. He won a prestigious America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship in 1959 and played alongside a young Itzhak Perlman. Libeskind lived in Poland for 13 years and can still speak, read, and write the Polish language.

In 1957, the Libeskinds moved to Kibbutz Gvat, Israel and then to Tel Aviv before moving to New York in 1959. In his autobiography, Breaking Ground: An Immigrant's Journey from Poland to Ground Zero, Libeskind spoke of how the kibbutz experience influenced his concern for green architecture.[7]

In the summer of 1959, the Libeskinds moved to New York City on one of the last immigrant boats to the United States. In New York, Libeskind lived in the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative in the northwest Bronx, a union-sponsored, middle-income cooperative development. He attended the Bronx High School of Science. The print shop where his father worked was on Stone Street in Lower Manhattan, and Libeskind watched the original World Trade Center being built in the 1960s. Libeskind became a United States citizen in 1965. Libeskind met Nina Lewis, his future wife and business partner, at the Bundist-run Camp Hemshekh in upstate New York in 1966. They married a few years later and, instead of a traditional honeymoon, traveled across the United States visiting Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on a Cooper Union fellowship. Nina now serves as COO for Studio Daniel Libeskind.

In 1968, Libeskind briefly worked as an apprentice to architect Richard Meier. Richard. In 1970, he received his professional architectural degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; he received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture Theory at the School of Comparative Studies at the University of Essex in 1972. The same year, he was hired to work at Peter Eisenman’s Peter New York Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Institute but he quit almost immediately. Since then, Libeskind has lived, among other places, in New York City, Toronto, Michigan, Italy, Germany, and Los Angeles, and has taught at numerous universities across the world, including the University of Kentucky, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2007, Libeskind has been a visiting professor at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. He is both a U.S. and Israeli citizen.

Nina and Daniel Libeskind have three children: Lev, Noam, and Rachel.