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Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners – Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro – who work with a staff of architects, artists, and administrators.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro was founded by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio in 1979; Charles Renfro joined in 1997 and became partner in 2004. Elizabeth Diller attended The Cooper Union School of Art and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. She is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Ricardo Scofidio attended The Cooper Union School of Architecture and received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Mr. Scofidio is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cooper Union. Charles Renfro attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Mr. Renfro has served as visiting professor at Rice University and Columbia University, among others.
From 1999-2004 the MacArthur Foundation honored the firm’s work with the ‘genius’ award, stating that they “have created an alternative form of architectural practice that unites design, performance, and electronic media with cultural and architectural theory and criticism. Their work explores how space functions in our culture and illustrates that architecture, when understood as the physical manifestation of social relationships, is everywhere, not just in buildings.”
Diller Scofidio + Renfro ‘s international body of completed architectural work includes the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment 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, public spaces throughout the campus, Information Landscape, and the President’s Bridge. The first mile of the High Line (designed with James Corner Field Operations), an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles through the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, has been completed, and the final third is currently in design.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro completed the Perry and Marty Granoff Creative Arts Center for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The Institute of Contemporary Art, the first new museum to be built in Boston in 100 years, opened in 2006. Slither, a housing complex in Gifu, Japan was completed in 2003, and Blur, a pavilion built of fog on Lake Neuchâtel and commissioned by the Swiss Expo.02, was completed in 2002.
Projects in construction or in design include: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Expansion in New York City; The Broad, a major modern art museum in Los Angeles; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the new Columbia University Medical Center Education Building and Columbia Business School in New York City; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; the new Stanford University Art & Art History Building; and Culture Shed and D Tower (“The Corset”) residential tower for Related Companies, both part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in New York City. Diller Scofidio + Renfro recently won the international design competition for Zaryadye Park, a new 35-acre public space next to the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Installation and performance projects recently completed include: The Art of Scent 1889-2010, an exhibition of olfactory art at the Museum of Art and Design; Open House, an installation in Levittown in collaboration with Droog; How Wine Became Modern for SFMOMA; Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre; the Exit (Terre Natale) exhibition for the Fondation Cartier, also presented at 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 Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo 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, Elizabeth Diller was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and selected as an Aspen Institute Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence. In 2013, she was honored with the Barnard Medal of Distinction.
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 Centennial Medal of Honor from American Academy in Rome; 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, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were named among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and the partners were featured in a one-hour segment with Charlie Rose. 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.