Architects, not Architecture: Daniel Libeskind

The well-known American architect is the first Archilover’s pick of the week

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As a consequence of Covid-19, our social and cultural life has been reduced to a minimum and all of us need to adapt to this unprecedented situation. Architects, not Architecture strongly believes that we all need some positive input in this extraordinary situation.


For this reason, they decided to open their archive and create a source of inspiration and entertainment by sharing one of the unique talks from their previous 35 events, which have never been published before including those of architects like Reiulf Ramstad, Francine Houben, Daniel Libeskind, Tatiana Bilbao, Peter Cook, Richard Rogers, Massimiliano Fuksas, Ben van Berkel, Benedetta Tagliabue, Anupama Kundoo, Manuelle Gautrand and Will Alsop.


Every week, Archilovers will be picking one of their favorite talks to share.




Archilover’s pick for this week: Daniel Libeskind


In this week’s talk, the well-known US American architect, Daniel Libeskind, shares memories from his previous life. He tells stories about his Polish-Jewish heritage and shows how political events, his passion for music and his role models as well as his beloved wife, Nina Libeskind, have influenced him and made him the architect he is today.


Daniel Libeskind participated as a speaker among two other architects in the first AnA-Event in the Netherlands which was held in Rotterdam in 2019. He came all the way from New York where he relocated the headquarters of Studio Libeskind to after winning the bid to rebuild the World Trade Center in February 2003.


The studio he founded in 1989 in Berlin where he built the Jewish Museum. Since then the studio has realized a large number of commercial centers, such as Westside in Bern, the Crystals at City Center in Las Vegas, and Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf as well as residential towers in Busan, Singapore, Warsaw, Toronto, Manila and São Paulo.
Make sure to also check out the other great talks and join in for their new virtual events. Visit >>


© Studio Daniel Libeskind



About Architects, not Architecture


AnA aims to bring to the stage what we normally don’t see. We are used to attending lectures given by architects talking about their projects. But what are the inspirations behind them? What relevant experiences made the architect look for specific values? What lessons have they learned on their path? Which encounters influenced them on their way to where they are now? In short, what experiences have shaped the way the architect works? AnA wants to talk about that.


There is one rule at AnA: Architects are not allowed to talk about their projects.


They want to enable us to get to know their architectural approach from a completely different perspective. Having the opportunity to understand what is relevant for the architect, we will be able to understand their projects on a deeper level, without them being mentioned.


Architects, not Architecture was founded by Fermin Tribaldos and Irene Osei-Poku in 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. Since then, the event format has reached national and international attention and is currently present in seven European countries. For each event they invite three well-known architects, who instead of talking about their award-winning international projects, are asked to talk about themselves. They speak about their path, their influences and experiences, and dive deeper into their intellectual biography.


You can find more about the format and their upcoming dates at >>>​





    Jewish Museum 93

    Jewish Museum

    Berlin / Germany / 1999

    Kö-Bogen 8


    Dusseldorf / Germany / 2013