Michael Arad, a partner at Handel Architects, worked as a New York City Housing Authority architect before winning the competition to design the Memorial.
Arad also spent three years with Kohn Pedersen Fox, where he worked on several major projects, including Union Station Tower, a mixed-use 108-story skyscraper in Hong Kong, and Espirito Santo Plaza, a 37-story tower in Miami that won the New York chapter of American Institute of Architects’ Design Award Citation in 2001.
Arad earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and his bachelor’s in arts from Dartmouth College in 1994. Arad, a native of Israel, was reared in his country, the United States and Mexico. He served in the Israeli military from 1988 to 1991, in the reconnaissance unit of an infantry brigade. He lives in New York City with his wife, Melanie Arad Fitzpatrick, and their children.
Peter Walker and Partners
The landscape architecture firm Peter Walker and Partners was formed in 1983. The Berkeley, Calif.-based firm’s worldwide projects vary in scale and program, from urban design and planning to corporate headquarters and university campuses, to parks, plazas and gardens.
Knowledge of history and tradition and a deep understanding of contemporary needs and patterns of living, combined with a quest for the appropriate and the particular, allow this firm to produce landscapes that are both timeless and unique.
Peter Walker and Partners has joined renowned architects to create projects of significant scale and impact, including the Center for Clinical Sciences Research at Stanford University in California, Toyota Museum of Art in Japan and the Millennium Park for the 2000 Olympics in Australia.