Born in Postwar Poland, Libeskind immigrated to America with his family becoming an American citizen in 1964. He studied music in Israel (on the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship) and in New York, and became 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 1971.
Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
Last year Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the completion of the the City Life residences, part of the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, and Kö-Bogen, an office and retail complex in Düsseldorf. In 2012, SDL completed Haeundae Udong Hyundai l’Park, a mixed-use development in Busan, South Korea which includes the tallest residential building in Asia, and the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In October of 2011, SDL completed the redesign of what is now Germany’s largest museum, the Military History Museum in Dresden. The same year Asia celebrated two openings of Libeskind-designed buildings, Reflections at Keppel Bay, a two-million-square-foot residential development in Singapore and Hong Kong’s City University Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. Other projects include the Grand Canal Theatre project, a major addition to Dublin’s docklands and the city’s cultural core and Crystals at CityCenter, a 500,000-square-foot retail complex that is the centerpiece of MGM Mirage’s signature development on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as a mirror-finish bronzed stainless steel personally designed 2,000-square-foot private house, 18.36.54.
The Studio has several projects under construction including three high-rise residential developments: The L Tower in Toronto, Zlota in Warsaw, and Vitra in Sao Paulo; two projects in Asia, the Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum in Wuhan and Corals at Keppel Bay in Singapore; as well as the Centre des Congrès in Mons, Belgium.
Projects in development include the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Archipelago 21, the master site plan for the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, The Harmony Tower and the Dancing Towers which are part of this new district, The Central Deck and Arena in Tampere, a mixed-used development that contains an ice hockey arena large enough to seat 11,000 visitors, Century Spire, a mixed-use tower in Manila, Philippines, the Ogden Centre at Durham University in the United Kingdom, and Chausseestrasse 43, a residential project in Berlin, which will be breaking ground shortly.
Among the many Libeskind buildings that have received worldwide acclaim are The Felix Nussbaum Haus, in Osnabrück, Germany (1998), the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England (2002), the extension to the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum Residences (2006), the Royal Ontario Museum (2007) and the Glass Courtyard, an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin, (2007), the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, a residential high-rise in Covington, Kentucky (2008), the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (2008), and Westside, Europe’s largest retail and health center, located in Bern, Switzerland (2008).
In 2012, Studio Libeskind Design was established in Milan, Italy, to focus on product and industrial design. To date, Libeskind Design has developed products for companies in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the United States
Daniel Libeskind has taught and lectured at many universities worldwide. He is currently a guest professor at Leuphana University in Luneburg, Germany, and has held such positions as Visiting and Guest Professor at the Paul Cret Chair of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, the Louis Kahn Chair and the Davenport Chair at Yale, the First Frank O. Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, the University of London, the University of Houston, the University of Illinois, the University of Technology in Graz, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a Senior Fulbright and taught at the Helsinki Technical University. He was a Professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee in Berlin, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Kentucky, and Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London. For a time, he served as architect in residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art.