Elizabeth Diller, Principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfroand Professor of Architecture at Princeton, will speak about her work with Preston Scott Cohen, GSD Chair and Professor of Architecture and Principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. This concludes the series of discussions with Cohen which included Thom Mayne, Ben Van Berkel, Peter Eisenman, Rafael Moneo, Neil Denari, Bjarke Ingels, Stan Allen, and Steven Holl.
Ms. Diller is a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a 90-person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Among the various projects in its international body of work is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, the renovation and expansion of The Juilliard School, the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant, the expansion of the School of American Ballet, renovations to the New York State Theater lobby, the canopy entry to Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, as well as public spaces throughout the campus, Information Landscape, and a pedestrian bridge. Phases 1 and 2 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, were completed in 2009 and 2011, respectively. 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.
Projects in construction or in design include: the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the Columbia University Medical Center and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New Yotk City; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; the Culture Shed and Tower D Residential Tower in the Hudson Yards Development in New York City; the Dissona Factory Complex in Dongguan, China; the new Stanford University Art & Art History Building; and the Hirshhorn Museum Seasonal Inflatable Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Installation and performance projects recently completed include: The Art of Scent 1889-2010, an exhibition of olfactory art at the Museum of Arts & Design; Open House, in collaboration with Droog; How Wine Became Modern for SFMOMA; Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre; the Exit (Terre Natale) exhibition accompanying the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP15) in Copenhagen; Traveling Music for Evento 2009 in Bordeaux; Chain City for the 2008 Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition; Arbores Laetae for the 2008 Liverpool Biennial; Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? for the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin; and Action Painting for the Beyeler Museum in Basel.
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 2012, Ms. Diller was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and selected as an Aspen Institute Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence. Other prestigious awards and honors received by Diller Scofidio + Renfro include: 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; the AIA President’s Award; the AIA Medal of Honor; and AIA Design Awards for numerous projects.
In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing the firm’s unorthodox practice. In 2009, the partners were featured in a one-hour segment with Charlie Rose and in 2010, Fast Company named Diller Scofidio + Renfro the most innovative design practice in the profession and among the 50 most innovative companies in the world.
Books by Diller Scofidio + Renfro include Back to the Front: Tourisms of War;
Flesh: \architectural probes; Blur: the Making of Nothing; and SCANNING: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio. Diller Scofidio + Renfro is also the subject of the monograph, Diller + Scofidio (+Renfro): The Ciliary Function. The studio’s most recent book, Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account, was published in Fall 2012.