Daniel Libeskind and Advice to Young Architects

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Don’t you ever wish you could just sit down and chat with a world-famous architect? Or ask what their one piece of advice to their younger self would be? Well in this article we’re going to break down Daniel Libeskind’s advice to young architects from his interview with Marc-Christoph Wagner. You may know this Polish-American architect from his work on the Denver Art Museum, The Imperial War Museum, and perhaps most notably the reconstruction plan of the World Trade Center. For such an accomplished architect, his advice is quite simple:

“Follow what you love. And if you follow what you love, you will never be a loser.”

Advice to Young Architects

Follow Your Dream

To put it simply, Libeskind’s advice is to follow your dreams. In doing that, you may have to take a few risks. Dare I say even be ok with unemployment for a while? You probably didn’t picture being an architect to look like a starving artist, did you? That’s not to say it has to be, but Libeskind advises young architects to be open to change and instability. Following a big dream often means taking big risks too.

advice to young architects: follow your dream

Follow a Life of Freedom

With all of the boundaries and constraints of a career in architecture, it may seem difficult to feel “free” in the field. Libeskind advises young architects to pursue a life of liberty in the arts or whatever passion they seek to do.

advice to young architects: follow a life of freedom

Don’t Follow Success

Libeskind’s last piece of advice to young architects is to not follow success. In today’s world, it is so easy to compare your path to someone else’s. Libeskind suggests to not just follow what people to tell you, but to make your own investigation. Of course, he is not saying to just be a rebel and refuse to listen to your employer or your teacher, but rather explore the world and make your own conclusions on what path is right for you.

In other words, don’t let the success of others distract you from your own achievements. Stay focused on what you are doing. Libeskind mentions the world is going to change anyway, so why waste your time comparing? The world is always changing. Not slowly, but suddenly. Libeskind admits it took him a while to realize this. But if a young architect can realize this now, it will help them immensely in their journey.

advice to young architects: journey

It’s not every day you get to hear wisdom from a world-renowned architect, so we hope you found this insight helpful! If you could give advice to young architects today, what would you say? What was your biggest takeaway from Libeskind’s advice? If you decide to take Libeskind’s advice and follow your dream, be sure to check out all of our tutorials and resources to help you along the way! The path to becoming an architect can be a stressful and daunting one, but with the advice from those have done it before and the resources to help get you started, you will have everything you need to achieve your dream.


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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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