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Lecture: Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Princeton University

October 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Elizabeth Diller is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), a 50 person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. With partner Ricardo Scofidio, Ms. Diller received the MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award in 1999-2004, in recognition of her commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture.

Ms. Diller was recently made a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. For their contribution to art and design, Ms. Diller and Mr. Scofidio were named amongst Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2009. In 2009, Ms. Diller, Mr. Scofidio, and partner Charles Renfro were featured in a one-hour segment with Charlie Rose. Recently, 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 DS+R among the 50 most innovative companies in the world. Other prestigious awards and honors received by DS+R 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 Alice Tully Hall, the School of American Ballet, and the High Line. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing the firm’s unorthodox practice.

Among the various projects of DS+R’s international body of work: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign of Alice Tully Hall and the renovation and expansion of The Juilliard School; the High Line, an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles long through New York City; the expansion of the School of American Ballet; the Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston’s waterfront; the Creative Arts Center currently under construction at Brown University; and the Blur building built on Lake Neuchatel for the 2002 Swiss Expo. Currently in design: the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the master plan for Governors Island in New York City; Media Zone in Abu Dhabi; CultureSHED in New York City; and the Hirshhorn Museum ‘Bubble’ on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Installation and performance projects recently completed or in progress 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 Venice Biennale; and Arbores Laetae for the Liverpool Biennial. Books by DS+R include Back to the Front: Tourisms of War; Flesh: architectural probes; Blur: the Making of Nothing; and SCANNING: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio. DS+R is also the subject of a recent monograph, Diller + Scofidio (+Renfro): The Ciliary Function.


October 21, 2011
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm