one of the most influential architects of our time
AN INTELLECTUAL DREAMER BECOMES
AN INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT
Previously, Libeskind practiced his passion in a very theoretical way. He taught and gave lectures at numerous universities around the world. Customarily, architects follow the path of passing on all their collected knowledge at the end of their professional careers, but Libeskind has always broken with conventions. Born in Poland as the son of two Holocaust survivors, he arrived New York City when he was thirteen. Here he internalized the city’s anyone-can-make it-attitude and didn’t let himself be dissuaded by skeptics.
In doing so, Libeskind was very much aware of the fact that a project that has won does not necessarily mean the idea will be realized. But he refuses to give up. The best example is his masterpiece; the Jewish Museum in Berlin that no one believed would ever be built. But Libeskind moved with his whole family to Berlin and made sure the project was realized. It took him 10 years to do it, but in the end his patience brought him international recognition and fame. In the first year after the opening of the museum, it had received half a million visitors, although it was completely empty. A better proof for the success of an architect can hardly be found.