Partner, Handel Architects; Architect, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Michael Arad is a partner at Handel Architects and architect of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. In 2006, Arad was one of six recipients of the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architects Award. He rose to international prominence in 2004 when his design, “Reflecting Absence,” was selected from more than 5,000 entries for the memorial by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Prior to winning the memorial competition, Arad worked as an architect for the New York City Housing Authority. 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 a design award citation from the AIA New York Chapter in 2001.