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I came here as a refugee. Then I rebuilt the Pentagon after 9/11

I hope that Trump's travel ban is truly temporary, so others fleeing tyranny, like my family, can find - and help build - a great America

Today, as I watch the news and see families struggling to escape tyranny, I wonder who among them will make it to our shores and become part of the next crop of researchers, teachers, inventors, real-estate developers and, yes, architects.

MY story is a simple one that starts in Libya and winds through to the Pentagon.

When World War II ended, my parents fled the repressive regime in Libya, just after the state of Israel was founded and as Libyan Arabs turned on Jews in their own neighbourhoods. It was not until 1957 that...

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