Daniel Libeskind was born in 1946 in Lodz Poland. After a few years in Israel, his family eventually settled in the United States. Libeskind studied music in Israel, becoming a virtuoso performer before leaving this career to study architecture. He likens his work to a musical composition in which every note is precisely placed within a rigid structure, yet produces an emotional impact. The child of Holocaust survivors who lost most of their family during the war, Libeskind brings a sense of trauma and memory to an architecture that seeks to find hope in the present.
Libeskind began his architectural career as an academic and theoretician, creating drawings and small constructions whose concepts became embedded in his later buildings. His first commission was awarded in 1989 for the Berlin Jewish Museum, which opened in 2001. Subsequent projects include Jewish museums in Ösnabruck (Germany), Copenhagen, and San Francisco, and additions to museums in Denver, Manchester, Toronto, and London, as well as concert halls, convention centers, universities, residences, and shopping malls. He is the master architect for the World Trade Center reconstruction site.