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Elizabeth Diller
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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Elizabeth Diller

Company: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Title: Founding Principal
Location: New York, United States
Fields of operation: Design, Architecture



Elizabeth Diller is a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a 65 person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Ms. Diller attended The Cooper Union School of Art and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Ms. Diller is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Among the various projects of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s international body of work: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, the renovation and expansion of The Juilliard School, and the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant; the High Line, an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles long through the Chelsea area of New York City; the expansion of the School of American Ballet; the Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston’s waterfront; the Creative Arts Center at Brown University; and Blur, built on Lake Neuchâtel for the 2002 Swiss Expo. Currently in design: the Broad Art Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Dongguan Factory and Housing Complex in Shenzhen, China; and the Hirshhorn Museum ‘Bubble’ on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Installation and performance projects recently completed include: How Wine Became Modern for SFMoMA; Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre; Terre Natale, an exhibition accompanying the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP15) in Copenhagen; Chain City for the 2008 Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition; and Arbores Laetae for the 2008 Liverpool Biennial. In 1999-2004, the MacArthur Foundation presented Ms. Diller and Mr. Scofidio with the ‘genius’ award for their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture. They were recently made fellows of the Royal Institute of British Architects and were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. For their contribution to art and design, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were named amongst Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2009. Other prestigious awards and honors received by Diller Scofidio + Renfro include the AIA President’s Award, the AIA Medal of Honor, the AIA Honor Award for Alice Tully Hall, the National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, and an Obie for an off-Broadway theater production. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing the firm’s unorthodox practice. In early 2009, all three partners were featured in a one-hour segment with Charlie Rose. The Guardian named Blur as one of the top 10 buildings of the decade while The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker named Alice Tully Hall and the High Line among the most culturally significant projects of 2009. In 2010, Fast Company named Diller Scofidio + Renfro the most innovative design practice in the profession and among the top 50 most innovative companies in the world.



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