Michal Arad, AIA, LEED AP is an architect based in NYC. Reflecting Absence, Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, was selected from over 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. In 2004, he became a partner of Handel Architects in New York, where he realized the Memorial design. Previously he worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and the New York City Housing Authority. He was awarded the AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the National September 11 Memorial, for which he also received honors from numerous other organizations. A native of Israel, Arad earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.Arch from the Georgia Institute of Technology.