Daniel Judah Liebermann received an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, and spent more than a year in the Master of Architecture program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, before leaving for a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 1956 to 1958 he was a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fellowship at Taliesen, in Scottsdale, AZ and Spring Green, WI. In 1959 he moved to California first working with landscape architect Thomas Church and then with Aaron Green Associates, Wright’s associate for the Marin County Civic Center project. Liebermann establish his own practice in 1961. Since then, he designed (or co-designed) more than three dozen single-family homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. His modest yet spacious houses made of wood, concrete, glass, and recycled materials explore an architectural philosophy that integrated ideas from Wright, John Lautner, Bruce Goff, Knut Knutsen, Paolo Soleri, Pier Luigi Nervi, Félix Candela’s thin concrete shells, and the 300-year old Dutch Farm House he lived in as a child, in New Jersey.
The Liebermann Collection primarily consists of drawings and photographs documenting the single-family homes he designed during the course of his career. The collection is arranged in two series: Professional Papers and Project Records spanning the dates 1957 to 1996.
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The Environmental Design Archives is grateful to the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for supporting the preservation and archival processing of the Lieberman Collection.