Michael Arad is a partner at Handel Architects. Prior to winning the memorial competition, Mr. Arad worked as an architect for the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. 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 AIA New York Chapter Design Award Citation in 2001.
Peter Walker and Partners was formed in 1983 for the practice of landscape architecture. Its projects, executed worldwide, vary both in scale and program. They include urban design and planning, corporate headquarters and university campuses, parks, plazas, and gardens. Exploring the relationships between art, culture, and context, Mr. Walker and other members of the firm re-form the landscape - whether urban or natural - and challenge traditional concepts of design. Peter Walker and Partners has joined renowned architects to create projects of significant scale and impact. Among these are the Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and the Center for Clinical Sciences Research at Stanford University (U.S.) with Sir Norman Foster and Partners; Harima Science Garden City and Town Park (Japan) with Arata Isozaki; the I.B.M. Solana Campus (U.S.), Chiron Corporation (U.S.), and U.C.S.F. Mission Bay Campus (U.S.) with Ricardo Legorreta; I.B.M. Makuhari headquarters and Toyota Museum of Art (Japan) with Yoshio Taniguchi; numerous corporate and public spaces in Germany with Helmut Jahn; the Millennium Park for the 2000 Olympics (Australia); and the Nasher Foundation (U.S.) with Renzo Piano. Peter Walker and Partners is based in Berkeley, California.
In 2004, Davis Brody Bond LLP (DBB) was chosen to be associate architect for the WTC Memorial, Reflecting Absence. DBB is working with the design team of Michael Arad and Peter Walker in the realization of the design for the memorial and is the lead architect on the memorial museum. Having practiced in New York City for more than 40 years, the firm has an outstanding reputation earned on such notable New York City projects as Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Apollo Theater Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum. DBB's work also has included important public memorial complexes such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm also has a long history and familiarity with the WTC site. Located in Lower Manhattan, DBB employs approximately 90 people and is led by five partners.
Snøhetta, the international architecture, landscape, and interiors office based in Oslo, Norway, has been awarded the commission to design the Visitor Orientation and Education Center that will serve as the entrance to the memorial museum. Snøhetta is best known for its completion of the Alexandria Library in Egypt and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin as well as the soon-to-be-completed New National Opera in Oslo and Turner Contemporary Museum in England. Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen are the founding partners of Snøhetta. Since its formation, Snøhetta has won numerous international awards and has been represented in exhibitions around the world. Many have characterized the firm's work as having a presence that resonates with the surrounding context.