World Trade Center master planner Daniel Libeskind has received the Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architect's New York chapter. The medal is the organization's highest tribute.
The award, which was made at a ceremony at AIA NY last night, recognizes Libeskind's achievement in developing the World Trade Center master plan as well as his work on myriad other projects around the world.
Previous recipients of this honor, which recognizes individuals and firms for their distinguished work and high professional standing, include Louis Skidmore (1949) Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958), Toshiko Mori (2005) and David Childs (2010).
"Mr. Libeskind is an international architect and designer, and founder of Studio Daniel Libeskind, whose work includes museums, concert halls, universities, housing, hotels, convention centers and shopping centers," said AIA NY, announcing the award.
"His buildings address the cultural context of their communities while inspiring new understanding of the importance of design to go beyond the expected.
In New York, Mr. Libeskind is best known as the author of the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the re-animation of Lower Manhattan.
Along with his wife and partner, Nina Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind has made a commitment to New York City, locating their office and residence in Lower Manhattan, and becoming active in the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture."