Diller Scofidio + Renfro
|Diller Scofidio + Renfro|
|Partners||Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro|
|Location||New York, USA|
|Buildings||High Line, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment, Brown University Creative Arts Center, Institute of Contemporary Art, Blur, Broad Art Museum, Museum of Image and Sound,|
|Awards||MacArthur Genius Award (Diller and Scofidio); National Design Award from the Smithsonian; Brunner Prize from American Academy of Arts and Letters; AIA President's Award|
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a 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.
The studio was founded by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio in 1979; Charles Renfro joined in 1997 and became a 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. Ms. Diller is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Ricardo Scofidio, RA, attended The Cooper Union School of Architecture and received a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. Mr. Scofidio is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cooper Union. Charles Renfro, RA, attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture degree 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 have completed the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment Project 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 the President's Bridge. Phases 1 and 2 of the High Line (designed with James Corner Field Operations), 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; Phase 3 is in design. The Perry and Marty Granoff 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.02, 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 new Columbia Business School in New York City; the new Columbia University Medical Center Education Building in New York City; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; Culture Shed and the Tower D residential tower in the Hudson Yards Development in New York City; the new Stanford University Art & Art History Building; and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Seasonal Inflatable Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Installation and performance projects completed include: The Art of Scent 1889-2010, an exhibition of olfactory art at the Museum of Art and Design; Open House, in collaboration with Droog; How Wine Became Modern for SFMOMA; Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre; the Exits (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 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. Other 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 American Institute of Architects President’s Award; the AIA Medal of Honor; and AIA Design Awards for 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. 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 monographs, Diller + Scofidio (+Renfro): The Ciliary Function. and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After Images. The studio’s most recent book, Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account, chronicles a decade of work completed at Lincoln Center.
- Traffic, New York NY (1981)
- Para-Site, MOMA, New York NY (1989)
- Slow House, unbuilt (1991)
- Bad Press, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (1993)
- Soft Sell, Times Square, New York NY (1993)
- Vice / Virtue, Glassmanifest, Leerdam (1997)
- Moving Target, Charleroi, Belgium (1996)
- EJM I and II, Traveled Internationally (1998)
- Jet Lag, Multimedia Theater Work, Premiered in New York NY (1998)
- American Lawn, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal Canada (1998)
- Master/Slave, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (1999)
- Brasserie Restaurant, Seagram Building, New York, NY (2000)
- World Trade Center Viewing Platform, New York, NY (2001)
- Travelogues, JFK Airport, New York NY (2001)
- Blur, Swiss Expo, Lake Neuchatel (2002)
- Mural, Whitney Museum, New York, NY (2003)
- Slither, Gifu, Japan (2003)
- Eyebeam Museum of Art and Technology, New York, NY (unbuilt, 2004)
- Facsimile, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA (2004)
- Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2006)
- School of American Ballet, Expansion, New York NY (2007)
- Chain City, Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2008)
- Arbores Laetae, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2008)
- Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, Italy (2008)
- Action Painting, Beyeler Foundation, Basel Switzerland (2008)
- Light Sock, Swarovski Crystal Palace (2009)
- Alice Tully Hall, Redesign, New York NY (2009)
- The Juilliard School, Renovation and Expansion, New York NY (2009)
- New York State Theater, Renovation to Lobby, New York NY (2010)
- Exit, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (2009)
- Traveling Music, Evento 2009, Bordeaux, France (2009)
- Fashion Week, Canopy Entry at Lincoln Center, New York NY (2010)
- Lincoln Center Public Spaces, New York NY (2010)
- Be Your Self, Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (2010)
- Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant, New York NY (2011)
- Perry and Marty Granoff Creative Arts Center, Brown University, Providence RI (2011)
- Open House, in collaboration with Droog, Levittown, New York NY (2011)
- How Wine Became Modern, SFMOMA, San Francisco CA (2011)
- President's Bridge, Lincoln Center, New York NY (2012)
- The Art of Scent 1889-2010, Museum of Art and Design, New York NY (2012-2013)
- High Line, New York NY, Phases 1 and 2 (2009, 2011), Phase 3 (in design)
- Broad Art Museum, Los Angeles CA (in construction)
- Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA (in construction)
- Museum of Image & Sound, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in construction)
- Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York NY (in design)
- Columbia University Medical Center Education Building, New York NY (in design)
- Culture Shed, Hudson Yards, New York, NY (in design)
- Tower D, Hudson Yards, New York NY (in design)
- Stanford University Art & Art History Building, Palo Alto CA (in design)
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Seasonal Inflatable Pavilion, Washington DC (in design)
- http://broadartfoundation.org/thebroadmuseum.html?sid=55 The Broad Museum
- Diller Scofidio + Renfro website
- arcspace.com Diller Scofidio + Renfro features
- Refresh: a web project for the Dia Center 
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