Elizabeth Diller is a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a 70 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. 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 National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, an Obie for an off-Broadway theater production and AIA Honor Awards for the Hypar Pavilion, Lincoln Center Public Spaces, Alice Tully Hall, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the High Line, and the School of American Ballet. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing DS+R’s unorthodox practice. In 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. Most recently, Fast Company named Diller Scofido + Renfro the most innovative design practice in the profession and among the 50 most innovative companies in the world.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro recently completed the redesign of Alice Tully Hall and the renovation and expansion of The Juilliard School, both part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts redevelopment project. Projects also completed at Lincoln Center include the expansion of the School of American Ballet, renovations to the New York State Theater lobby, the new Hypar Pavilion & Restaurant, the canopy entry to Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, as well as public spaces throughout the campus, Information Landscape, and a pedestrian bridge (currently in design). Phase 1 construction of 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, was completed in 2009; phase 2 is currently underway. The Creative Arts Center for Brown University opened in February 2011. Diller Scofidio + Renfro completed the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2006, the first new museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. Slither, a housing complex in Gifu, Japan was completed in 2003 and Blur, a pavilion commissioned by the Swiss Expo, was completed in 2002.
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