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 and received his professional architectural degree for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1970 from New York’s Cooper Union. 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 9/11 memorial in Padua, Italy opened on September 11, 2005 and the Wohl Centre, Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel were opened in October 2005. The Extension to the Denver Art Museum and the Museum Residences in Denver, Colorado were both completed in October 2006.
Several of Mr. Libeskind’s projects are currently under construction, including: the Extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Westside, the largest shopping and wellness centre in Europe in Bern, Switzerland; the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany; the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, a residential high-rise in Covington, Kentucky; the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; Sukkah, an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin; a grand piano design for Schimmel Pianos is currently in production, and a chair for Wilde & Spieth will soon be released.
Mr. Libeskind has many other projects in design and planning, such as the Grand Canal Performing Arts Centre and Galleria in Dublin, Ireland; a Creative Media Centre for the City University of Hong Kong; the New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston, Massachusetts; Epic and Aura, two high-rise housing developments in Sacramento, California; the redevelopment of the Hummingbird Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada; the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy, a 65-acre site of skyscrapers, housing, retail, and commercial space; Reflections at Keppel Bay, a waterfront, residential development in Singapore; a high-rise condominium tower in Union City, New Jersey; a retail complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, a residential tower in Warsaw, Poland; a master plan of the Orestad Development in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Jewish War Veteran’s Memorial in Toronto, Canada.