World renowned architect Daniel Libeskind will speak at NJIT, Feb. 21, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. in the ballroom of the NJIT Campus Center. The public is invited to hear his free talk, sponsored by the NJ Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIANJ). In 2001, Libeskind won the competition for the design for the new World Trade Center Towers and moved his studio from Germany to New York City.
The talk is part of an ongoing lecture series sponsored by the NJIT College of Architecture and Design through April 14, 2011.
Libeskind is an internally-known figure in architecture practice and urban design. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions—including museums and concerts halls to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.
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, 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 1972.
Libeskind has designed such world-renowned projects as the master plan for the World Trade Center in New York and the Jewish Museum Berlin. Most recently, Studio Daniel Libeskind completed the Grand Canal Theatre project, a major addition to Dublin’s dockland’s and cultural core in March 2010, just a few months after opening Crystals at CityCenter, a 500,000 square foot retail complex that serves as the centerpiece to MGM Mirage’s signature development on the Las Vegas Strip, in December 2009.
The Studio currently has several projects under construction, including the Fiera Milano, the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy, the Military History Museum in Dresden, soon to be Germany’s largest museum and cultural landmark, Creative Media Centre at the City University of Hong Kong, L Tower and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore, a two-million-square-foot residential development including six curving towers that reshape the horizon, Zlota 44; a residential high rise in Warsaw, Poland, and Haeundae Udong Hyundai l’Park, a mixed-use development in Busan, South Korea.
Studio Daniel Libeskind is also in the process of designing several exciting projects, such as Archipelago 21, the Master Site Plan for the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, Korea, and the Center for the Democracy and Conflict Resolution for the University of Essex.
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.