Michael Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, “Reflecting Absence,” was selected from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design.
A native of Israel, Mr. Arad was raised in the U.K., U.S. and Mexico. He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1994 and a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.
In 2006, Mr. Arad was a recipient of the Young Architects Award of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, he was awarded the AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the National September 11 Memorial. In 2013, his work on the Memorial was recognized with Honor Awards from the AIA and ASLA. Michael Arad lives in New York City with his wife and their children.