9/11 Memorial architect Michael Arad details what inspired him to design a national tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the World Trade Center terror attacks in 2001 and 1993 as part of the “9/11, Today and Tomorrow” speakers series. Arad shares early designs of the memorial.
Arad, a partner of Handel Architects, was working as an architect for the New York City Housing Authority when he entered and won the 9/11 Memorial design competition.
His design for the memorial, which is called “Reflecting Absence,”was picked by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in early 2004. Two years after winning the design contest, Arad was one of six recipients of the American Institute of Architect’s Young Architects Award.
The award honors architects license ten years or less and have shown “exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.”
In 2006, Arad was one of six recipients of the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architects Award. The award honors architects licensed for ten years or less “who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.”
Recorded on November 10, 2010 at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum Preview Site.
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