Born in postwar Poland, Daniel Libeskind immigrated to America with his family becoming an American citizen in 1964. He studied music in Israel and later became a virtuoso performer in New York. He left music to study architecture, receiving his professional architectural degree in 1970 from Cooper Union, then earned a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1971. Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
Among the many Libeskind buildings that have received worldwide acclaim are The Felix Nussbaum Haus, in Osnabrück, Germany (1998), the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England (2002), the extension to the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum Residences (2006), the Royal Ontario Museum (2007) and the Glass Courtyard, an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin, (2007), the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, a residential high-rise in Covington, Kentucky (2008), the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (2008), and Westside, Europe’s largest retail and health center, located in Bern, Switzerland (2008). In 2012, Studio Libeskind Design was established in Milan, Italy, to focus on product and industrial design. To date, Libeskind Design has developed products for companies in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the United States