Wed 28th Apr 2021 @ 8:30pm - 9:30pm
A conversation on how a leading architect memorialises the unspeakable.
Daniel Libeskind, architect, designer of the Berlin Jewish Museum and the World Trade Centre Master Plan in discussion with Yossi Gal, former Israel Ambassador to France & Monaco, Hebrew University Vice President Advancement and External Relations
An event of the American & Argentinian Friends of the Hebrew University
Who Will You See There?
Daniel Libeskind is an internationally prominent Polish-American architect, a major figure in architecture and urban design, informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature. He aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable.
Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City to oversee the master plan for the World Trade Centre redevelopment, which is being realised in Lower Manhattan today.
Currently, Libeskind is designing the Einstein Archive at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Einstein House is a new repository that will house the legacy, work, and research of Nobel laureate Albert Einstein, one of the founders of Hebrew University, who bequeathed all his writings and intellectual property to the institution.
The distinctive design is inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity and highlights the impact of Einstein’s discoveries, his involvement in humanitarian and civil rights issues, as well as his deep commitment to the Hebrew University, the State of Israel, and the global Jewish community.
Daniel’s practice is involved in designing and realising a diverse array of urban, cultural, and commercial projects around the globe. The Studio has completed buildings ranging from museums and concert halls to convention centres, university buildings, hotels, shopping centres, and residential towers.
Daniel 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.
Ambassador Yossi Gal is Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations, and a career diplomat who most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989).
He served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. He has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the French and U.S. media.
Ambassador Gal launched his Foreign Service career in 1975, after graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He fulfilled varied responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director of the Information Department and Deputy Director-General for Communications, participating in peace negotiations with Israel’s neighbors, and chairing the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace talks on the environment. He then headed the Press and Communications Department at the Prime Minister’s office, served as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs, and was ultimately promoted to Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Extensively involved in international relations, Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference, was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians, headed the process of Israel’s adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and led the negotiations on upgrading relations with the European Union.