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.


1970-1971 University of Essex, School of Comparative Studies Essex, Great Britain

M.A. History and Theory of Architecture

1965-1970 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 September 11th memorial in Padua, Italy opened on September 11, 2005 and the Wohl Centre, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel; opened in October, 2005. 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. Most recently, 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; a grand piano design for Schimmel Piano and Daniel Libeskind’s first signature series home. 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; Riverstone, a mixed-use project, with heavy emphasis on retail, in Incheon, South Korea; Editoriale Bresciana Tower in Brescia; and Orestad Downtown Master Site Plan, in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is a 5km development zone; a redevelopment site in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; a building at Leuphana University in Luneburg, a residential high rise in New York City; two residential towers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; CapeGrace, an extension to Monaco that includes residential, commercial, office, public buildings, mega-yacht marina, super deluxe hotel and museum; Figueroa Tower in Los Angeles, California; Dream Hub Yongsan IBD, the Master Site Plan for the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, Korea and Kö-Bogen, a new office and retail complex for downtown Düsseldorf.

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 n 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. In 2005 Daniel Libeskind was awarded the Building of the Year Award for the London Metropolitan University by the Royal Fine Arts Commission, as well as the American Architect Award for the Danish Jewish Museum, and the Giants of Design Awards from the Hearst Corporation and House Beautiful. In 2006, the Wohl Centre was awarded the Riba International Award. In 2007, Daniel was awarded the Trebbia European Award, the Gold-Medal for the Architecture at the National Arts Club, the Silver Award for “Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” honoring the Imperial War Museum North, the Second Penn State IAH Medal for Distinguished Contributions to the Public Advancement of Arts and Humanities, the Award of Merit for innovative steel design for the Royal Onterial Museum, and the Commander’s cross of the Order of Merit at the Residence of the Consul General of Germany. Most Recently in 2008, Daniel Libeskind has been awarded the Annual Project of the Year Award for the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge by the Midland Engineering Compnay, the CNBC Europe and Africa Property Awards in categories of Architecture, Redevelopment, High-Rise Architecture, and High-Rise Development to ORCO Property Group, the Doctor Scientiarum Honoris Causa awarded by the Technion Honorary Doctoral Ceremony, the CNBC Americas Property Awards for the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, and the AIA New York and the Center for Architecture Foundation presented Studio Daniel Libeskind with the 2008 President’s Award.

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.

Dancing Time

Man has been in dance with time since time began.

Daniel Libeskind has translated this concept into an eloquent watch. The two figures representing the hour and minute move across a dial inscribed with Spinoza’s Latin text on time and a Greek text on Plato’s notion of time.

Time acquires a metaphorical dimension as the red second hand rotates independently while the dancing movement of the black hour figure is permanently shadowed by the gray minute figure.

Dancing Time measures 38mm in diameter (1.50″), and is made of stainless steel, complimented by a 20mm (3/4″) black leather band with white stitching.

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