FEATURE

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF

Architect Daniel Libeskind
He may be best known for his winning design for the Freedom Tower, but Daniel Libeskind’s relationship with the city goes much deeper than that. The world-renowned architect first came to New York as a teenager, graduating from both Bronx High School of Science and Cooper Union. When other big-name architects scoffed at the small stipend awarded to finalists in the World Trade Center redesign competition, Libeskind dug in – and was awarded the title of master planner for his virtuoso effort. Since then, the design has been modified, but his dramatic, thoughtprovoking and highly geometric projects are going up all over the world. In fact, the architect is so busy that he called the Resident in the car on the way to the airport in the middle of a meeting. Jan. 19, 2007

6:45 a.m. Wake up. Say good morning
to 17-year-old daughter Rachael on the way to the treadmill.

Grab a quick lunch with my wife Nina. Usually lunch is just a sandwich I grab while I’m doing many other things. Go to the library to draw. That’s my refuge, a moment completely outside of anything. I’m in my own space. Meet with various teams to discuss projects and designs.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

7 – 8 a.m. Run on treadmill, watch news
– NY1, CNN. Say goodbye to Rachael on her way to school. I give her a kiss.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

8:15 a.m.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Lattes at home
with [wife and partner] Nina. Coffee and meditation. It’s not just filling up; it’s a kind of moment of reflection.

4:00 p.m. Do interview with Michael Posner

Arrive at office on Rector Street. There’s a myriad of things going on, meetings on different projects, discussions and meetings with clients. This when we do the formal part of reviewing everything that’s going on - primarily issues of design. We work with the projects on models and so on.

10 a.m.

from the Toronto Globe and Mail to discuss the opening of the Royal Ontario Museum in June. I very often have interviews with journalists of various kinds during the day. It’s part of the civic duty, part of building buildings which are always in the public realm. One has to be an advocate for the project, one has to discuss them, one has to explain them. If one is not just doing the run-of-the mill, formula type of architecture, then of course, one has to be engaged with it. The museum is a kind of crystalline structure, making it a very dramatic space.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Meet with vari-

ous teams to discuss a dozen or so projects that we are working on at different levels of completion. Some projects are in the conceptual stage, some in design phases while some are under construction.

7:30 p.m. Attend dinner party at Barbara

11:30 a.m. Meet to discuss possible housing and school project in Sri Lanka for tsunami recovery. We are working on this because we think it’s important. So we met with all sorts of people who are in non-governmental agencies doing tsunami relief.

Sahlman’s house. It was a dinner for a charity where dinner with me and my wife was one of the prizes. Luckily, this was a very nice group of people who had won this lottery and we spent a lovely evening with a group of total strangers who were really nice.

(Top to bottom) Daniel Libeskind; The Denver Art Museum
Studio Daniel Libeskind

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