Internationally recognised as a leading figure in architure and urban design who can evoke cultural memory in buildings, Libeskind also specialises in interiors, products and industrial design. All his designs are informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature and poetry.
Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Libeskind's family emigrated first to Israel, Kibbutz Gvat and Tel Aviv, in 1957 and then to the Brox, New York City in 1959. Here he received the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and performed as a musical virtuoso before embarking on a career in architure. He earned his degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City in 1970 and a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture from the School of Comparative Studies at Essex Univerity, England in 1972.
Libeskind achieved international recognition in 1989 when he won the compeition to build the Jewish Muesum Berlin. This was the catalyst for Libeskind and his partner, Nina Libeskind, to move to Berlin and establish Studio Daniel Libeskind. He received further international recoginition in 2003 when he was selected as the master plan architect for the World Trade Centre redevelopment, at which stage his studio relocated to New York.
In addition to his architectural projects, Libeskind has worked with a number of internaitonal design firms to develop objects, furniture and industrial fixtures for building interiors. He has been commissioned to work with design companies such as Fiam, Artemide, Jacuzzi, TreP-Tre-Piu, Oliviari, Sawaya & Moroni, Poltrona Frau and Swarovski.