Daniel Libeskind, (born May 12, 1946 in Łódź, Poland) is an American architect, artist, and set designer of Polish-Jewish descent. He founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect. His buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the extension to the Denver Art Museum in the United States, the Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays, England, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Wohl Centre at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. His portfolio also includes several residential projects. Libeskind’s work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Bauhaus Archives, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Centre Pompidou. On February 27, 2003, Libeskind won the competition to be the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
Daniel Libeskind’s list of favorite/significant buildings (post 1980):
- Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain by Frank Gehry
- Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany by Daniel Libeskind
- Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, Beijing, China by Herzog & de Meuron
- UFA Cinema, Dresden, Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au
- Turning Torso building, Malmo, Sweden by Santiago Calatrava