Daniel Libeskind

Founder and Principal Architect

An international figure in architecture and urban design, Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature, and poetry, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, unique and sustainable.

Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Mr. Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager and, with his family, settled in the Bronx. He received the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and performed as a musical virtuoso, before eventually leaving music to study architecture. He received his professional degree in architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1970 and a postgraduate degree in the history and theory of architecture from the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University in England in 1972.

In 1989, Mr. Libeskind won the international competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. He moved his young family to Berlin and devoted more than a decade to the completion of this seminal design.  A series of influential museum commissions followed, including the Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück; Imperial War Museum North, Manchester; Denver Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and the Military History Museum, Dresden.

In 2003, Studio Libeskind won another historic competition—to create a master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.  In addition to a towering spire of 1,776 feet, the Libeskind design study proposed a complex program encompassing a memorial, underground museum, the integration of the slurry wall, special transit hub and four office towers.  This plan is being realized today.

Upon his move to New York, Studio Libeskind quickly became involved with designing and realizing a large number of commercial centers, such as Westside in Bern, the Crystals at City Center in Las Vegas, and Ko-Bogen in Düsseldorf, as well as residential towers in Busan, Singapore, Warsaw, Toronto, Manila and Sao Paulo.

As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits.  His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture.

Mr. Libeskind lives in New York with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.  He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

 

 

Nina Libeskind

Chief Operating Officer
Nina Libeskind oversees the management of Studio Libeskind, from financial planning and record keeping to day-to-day administration and human resources. She provides counsel on all aspects of the business and participates in public presentations, contract negotiations, and communications. In 1989, Nina co-founded Studio Libeskind with her husband Daniel, bringing with her a range of experience honed in labor negotiations and political advocacy in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

New York

Carla Swickerath

Partner

Since joining Studio Libeskind in 1999, Carla Swickerath has gained diverse experience in cultural, civic, retail, commercial, residential and planning projects around the world. She has lead many of the Studio’s successful project teams from concept design through to completion—including the Crystals retail complex at CityCenter in Las Vegas, the Hyundai Haeundae Udong I-Park residential development in Busan, Korea, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Ms. Swickerath has also led the complex World Trade Center redevelopment process from the initial competition phase to the present. Today, her dual management and design skills come into play as she oversees all aspects of operations at Studio Libeskind. Ms. Swickerath leads many of the Studio’s projects, coordinating the design team and consultants, liaising with clients and client’s representatives and managing project budgets and schedules.

She earned a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan, following undergraduate studies in English and Art History at the University of Florida. She has taught at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee in Berlin and University of Michigan. Carla speaks publicly on architecture, design and planning. Carla is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Van Alen Institute in New York.

Stefan Blach

Partner

Stefan Blach has been working with Studio Libeskind for over two decades and manages many of the Studio’s most complex large-scale projects around the globe, coordinating consultants in a wide range of cultural, residential and commercial developments.

He has played key roles in many of the major projects including the Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened in 2001, as one of the lead architects of the project team. He has been the Principal-in-Charge of many of the Studio’s most complex large-scale projects around the globe, including the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Grand Canal Commercial Development in Dublin, the Kö-Bogen retail and office complex in Dusseldorf, the Zhang Zhidong Museum in Wuhan, China, the Centre de Congrès in Mons and the MO Modern Art Museum in Vilnius.

Before coming to Studio Libeskind, Mr. Blach gained professional experience working both independently and with a number of leading architects, including Tim Heide (Berlin) and Salvador Pérez Arroyo (Madrid), where he worked on the Museo de la Ciencia en Cuenca.

He received a Diploma in Architecture from the Technische Universität, Berlin, in 1991. Stefan is fluent in German and English, and proficient in Spanish.

Yama Karim

Partner

Before joining the staff of Studio in 2003 in New York, Yama Karim had already collaborated with Daniel Libeskind for several years in the late 1990s in Berlin. He has brought extraordinary experience to the Studio, having served first as a senior designer at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects) where he worked on the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College, Massachusetts and the Sarah Lawrence College Monica A. and Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Visual Arts Center, New York, among others. He also worked at Reiser + Umemoto (RUR) in New York, where he served on the team for the Yokohama Port Terminal in Yokohama, Japan.

He is currently managing the master plan and redevelopment of the former fairgrounds in Milan, Italy; the Downtown Tower in Vilnius, and several high-rise and cultural projects throughout the Middle East.

Mr. Karim has taught full-time at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and as a visiting professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Architecture in 1995 and from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design in 1991. Yama speaks English and Farsi.

 

Michael Ashley

Principal

Michael Ashley is the team lead on many of the Studio’s projects ranging from cultural, residential to commercial. He was a key member of the design team on the Zhang Zhidong Museum, that opened in 2018; the CityLife PWC tower, currently under construction; and two mixed use projects in France; the Occitanie Tower in Toulouse and Iconic in Nice.

Previously, Michael gained experience at a number of multidisciplinary offices including LPAS (Sacramento) and Mark Dziewuski Architects (San Francisco) where he specialized in a variety of mixed-use and residential projects. In addition, Michael ran his own studio developing product and furniture design as well as architecture.

He received his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 2006 and received a BArch from Andrews University in 1997. He has been a visiting critic at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Parsons New School of Design, and New York Institute of Technology. Michael speaks publicly about architecture and design, including the United Nations International School. Michael is a registered architect in the State of New York.

Seungki Min

Principal

Seungki manages several large scale projects for the studio with a focus on Korea. He is responsible for design development, project management and daily communication and coordination with clients and local architects and consultants. His experience designing many large scale high-rise luxury residential projects and mixed-use complexes around the world make him a valuable leader of the design team. Seungki was integral in the realization of the residential complex, Reflections at Keppel Bay in Singapore, and most recently, the Hyundai Haeundae Udong I-Park in Busan, Korea, and Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, Korea.

Seungki previously worked with New York firms including di Domenico + Partners and MG Design Int’l LTD as well as Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio. He worked on various scale of projects including NingoBo Sun Plaza in Beijing, China and Atlantic Terminal complex in Brooklyn. In addition, Seungki has taught as a teaching assistant at Colombia University.

In 2001, he received his MArch with Honor Award for Excellence in Design from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Han-Yang University, Seoul in 1997. Seungki speaks Korean and English.

Johan Van Lierop

Principal

Johan van Lierop joined Studio Libeskind in 2006. Since he has led many of the Studio’s high-profile projects ranging from master plans to complex mixed-use programs to product design. He was the project architect for Crystals, a large retail and public space complex on the main Las Vegas strip, which opened in 2009. He also led the Centre De Congrès in Mons, Belgium, which opened in early 2015, and was a key member of the team for the Zhang Zhidong Museum in Wuhan, China, that opened in 2018. He is currently working on the design for Dutch Memorial of Names in Amsterdam and an urban development in Tampere, Finland.

Prior to joining Studio Libeskind, Johan worked at Saanen-Knoups Architecten (NL), Steven Holl Architects (New York), where he worked on the acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art expansion in Kansas City and Marina & Town Quay Development in Beirut, and TEN Arquitectos (New York) where he was a key member of the design team for the Guggenheim Museum competition in Guadalajara, Mexico, which was awarded the First Prize.

He received his Master of Science degree in Architecture from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2003 and received a B.A. degree in Interior and Product design at the Academy of Visual Arts, Maastricht in 1996.

Johan van Lierop is also a visiting critic at Parsons The New School of Design’s “School of Constructed Environments” Program in New York. Johan speaks Dutch, German, and English.

Arnault Biou

Senior Associate

Arnault Biou serves as a lead designer on many international competitions as well as on large scale construction projects around the world. He has overseen design and construction of the courtyard extension for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, as well as for Reflections at Keppel Bay, a large residential complex in Singapore and the Corals condominium development adjacent to it. He is currently working on the L’Occitanie Tower in Toulouse, France.

Before joining the Studio in 2005, Mr. Biou worked as a senior architect with Steven Holl Architects where he was in charge of design and construction of the Whitney water plant and parc in New Haven. He also worked on the Iowa University School of Art, the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Turbulence House in New Mexico. He gained experience previously working for Gigon und Guyer Architekten (Zurich), BMB Architekten (Zurich) and Calatrava Valls SA (Zurich).

He received his Diploma of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich in 1995. He has been a guest critic at Pratt in Brooklyn and City College in Manhattan. Arnault speaks French, German, and English.

Wan-Chi Chang

Senior Associate

Wan-Chi Chang, OAA, RA, LEED AP has nearly two decades of experience in the architectural field. Her expertise range from commercial and residential towers, hotels, hospital and laboratories, places of worship, to institutional and cultural projects. Wan-Chi joined the studio in 2007 and since has worked on LEED focused projects in the office including the L Tower in Toronto, and CityLife in Milan.  She was a key member on the Zhang Zhidong Museum, in Wuhan which recently opened in 2018.

Wan-Chi was a project architect for DSTA Architects (Toronto) and subsequently at B+H Architects, where she worked on the team with Studio Libeskind for the Royal Ontario Museum expansion. She received a B. Arch from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Wan-Chi speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese and English.

Neil Cook

Senior Associate

Neil Cook has over 15 years of multidisciplinary experience in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Land Planning.  Neil has worked on a variety of large-scale Cultural, Residential, Infrastructural, and Mixed-Use architectural projects, as well as a range of Urban Masterplans, Parks, Waterfronts, Streetscapes, and Environmental Education projects.

As a Senior Associate with Studio Libeskind, Neil has worked on a number of domestic and international projects, including: Midtown West, a mixed-use residential project in Detroit; Verve, a luxury residential community near Frankfurt, Germany; Tor Di Valle commercial center in Rome; and the winning entry for the Kodrina Masterplan Competition, a new urban area in Pristina, Kosovo.  Currently, Neil is managing the design for two affordable senior housing projects in New York.

Prior to joining Studio Libeskind, Neil worked at Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture (New York), MKW + Associates (New Jersey / New York) and Land Architects (Colorado).  He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University in 1999, and a Master of Architecture from UCLA in 2007.  Neil is a licensed Architect and Landscape Architect in New York State.

Jay Kim

Senior Associate

Jay Kim has nearly two decades of experience in all phases of architecture, including design, construction documents and construction administration. He has been involved in several large scale masterplan and mix-use complexes around the world. He worked on the Denver Art Museum, which opened in 2006, the CityLife residential complex that opened in the center of historic Milan in 2013, the Yongsan International Business District Masterplan in Seoul, and Lotte Songdo Mall, also in Korea.

Before joining the studio Jay worked with Davis Partnership Architects (Colorado), Hans Kahn Associates Architects (Colorado), SEE Architecture & Urban Planning (Seoul), and Moo-Young Architects & Engineers (Seoul). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of New Mexico in 1998. Jay speaks Korean and English.

Jared Olmsted

Senior Associate

Jared joined Studio Libeskind in 2007. He has made significant contributions to wide variety of international projects at the Studio ranging from large scale urban masterplans and skyscrapers to intricate museums, academic and residential buildings including the Yongsan International Business District masterplan, Seoul, Tampere Central Deck and Arena, Finland, and the Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’Park in Busan. Most recently Jared worked on Corals at Keppel Bay, a luxury residential development in Singapore and the Ogden Center at Durham University in Durham, UK.

Jared has a background in interdisciplinary collaboration having worked for architects, artists and professional fabrication companies for more than a decade including the fabrication and installation of a floating bronze staircase for James Turrell’s Roden Crater project with Fabrication Specialties Ltd in Seattle and an installation for the artist Roxy Paine in New York City.

Jared earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned dual degrees in architecture and sculpture and his M.Arch from Columbia University in New York City.

Toralf Sümmchen

Senior Associate

In 2011, Toralf Sümmchen joined Studio Libeskind New York from the Zurich partner office where he worked on a number of projects including the completion of the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, the residential tower Zlota in Warsaw, and the Creative Media Center in Hong Kong. Recently, Toralf worked with the team on Ko-Bogen in Dusseldorf, the Zhang Zhidong Modern, Sapphire, a high-end residential building in Berlin and led the construction team for the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada.

Before joining the studio, Toralf worked with Matthias Reese Architekten in Berlin and AO Berlin. Toralf started his studies of architecture at the Fachhochschule Würzburg and gained his Diploma (FH) at the Technical Fachhochschule Berlin. After attending a post grad program at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, he gained his University Diploma in Architecture (Dipl. Ing.) Toralf speaks German and English.

Paul Mecomber

Associate

Paul Mecomber has over a decade of experience in every aspect of project delivery from design to construction administration.  He has played a key role on a number of design teams at the Studio ranging from a museum design in Africa to office designs in Rome and Tel Aviv and a hotel in Dubai.

Before joining the Studio in 2015, he worked as a project architect for Asymptote Architecture in New York City and was a designer at Tom Wiscombe Architecture in Los Angeles.  He also worked for a number years focused on high-end and sustainable residential architecture in New York and Phoenix.

Paul graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) where he was awarded Best Thesis.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  Paul has taught architecture at Pratt Institute and SCI-arc and has been a guest critic at the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and SCI-arc. Paul is a licensed Architect in New York State.

Jeffrey Terranova

Associate

Jeffrey Terranova joined the studio in 2011. With experience in many phases of architecture, he has contributed to a diverse range of projects around the world including large scale master plans, commercial, residential and cultural institutions. Jeffrey was involved in the design and presentation of the Harmony Office Tower in Seoul, South Korea, the Lotte Mall and Officetel  in Songdo, South Korea and the Vanke Pavilion for the Expo Milano 2015 in Milan, Italy. He also contributed to the design development for the Kurdistan Museum in Erbil, Iraq in exploring and implementing BIM technologies. He is currently working on residential and hospitality projects in the Middle East.

Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Drury University in 2009. Prior to joining the studio, he worked at Killeen Studio Architects in St Louis, MO.

Jesse Bernard

Associate

Jesse Bernard joined Studio Libeskind in 2014. Since that time, Jesse has been involved in a diverse array of projects through various design stages, including London’s Holocaust Memorial design competition, the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University in the UK and the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada. Jesse is currently working on the mixed-use Occitanie Tower in Toulouse, France.

Jesse earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, graduating summa cum laude. He continued on at the university, finishing at the top of his class while receiving his M.Arch and MBA. Jesse is a registered architect in the State of New York.

Amanda de Beaufort

Director of Communications

Amanda de Beaufort has more than fifteen years of experience in arts, cultural and architectural public relations. Amanda first joined Studio Libeskind in 2004 where she helped document and communicate large-scale publicity projects, including the World Trade Center reconstruction project and the expansion to the Denver Art Museum.

From 2006 to 2014 Amanda severed as an account manager at one of the leading cultural public relation firms in the country, Anne Edgar Associates in New York City. Amanda managed national and international publicity campaigns including the Grand Opening of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center at The Brooklyn Museum; the expansion of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; the expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Colombia’s national contemporary art biennial, and opening of the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Amanda rejoined the Studio in March of 2014.

Zürich

Jochen Klein

Principal / Technical Director

Jochen Klein, has worked with Daniel Libeskind since 2000, first in the Berlin office and later as the Managing Director of the partner office Architekt Daniel Libeskind in Zürich Switzerland.

He lead the project teams in the Swiss office working on the Military History Museum in Dresden ,which opened in 2011; Westside Shopping and Leisure Center in Bern-Brunnen, which opened in 2008; and the Jewish Museum Berlin Academy project which opened in 2012. Jochen is currently managing the residential project Sapphire in Berlin.

Jochen received his Diploma in Architecture from the Technische Universität Berlin in 1996 and received his Master of Advanced Architectural Design at the Pratt Institute in New York in 1998.