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It was a Georgia Tech Alumnus who designed the 9/11 Memorial chosen for 1 World Trade Center

Category: Education/Colleges/Universities

By Lou Phelps, Coastal Empire News

September 11, 2016 – As the country marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attack in New York City, Washington and in Pennsylvania, there is a solemn Georgia connection that is a powerful reflection of the strength of some of Georgia’s educational opportunities.

It was the design of Georgia Tech alumnus Michael Arad that was chosen for the memorial that now stands at ‘Ground Zero’ in New York City.

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Arad was 32, and an architect working for New York City’s Housing Authority, having completed his master’s degree at Georgia Tech just two years earlier.  Like many New Yorkers, he ran to see what was going on, and was affected for many months and years afterwards by what he had seen and experienced.

A great deal has been written about the inspiration for his design. 

Here is a wonderful article on his lecture titled, "Reflecting Absence: the 9/11 Memorial," which was presented at Georgia Tech in February 2012, during which he explains his original vision for the 9/11 Memorial.

This is a link to the entire lecture, now part of the Georgia Tech Library archives.


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