The AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee presents its annual lecture on excellence in museum design, this year featuring Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R).
Founded in 1981, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. With a focus on cultural and civic projects, DS+R’s work addresses the changing role of institutions and the future of cities. Based in New York, the studio is comprised of over 100 architects, designers, artists and researchers, led by four partners—Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin. DS+R completed two of the largest architecture and planning initiatives in New York City’s recent history: the High Line and the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2019, the studio completed two more projects significant to New York: The Shed and the renovation and expansion of MoMA. Most recently, DS+R completed the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which opened to the public July 2020. Recent projects also include the 35-acre Zaryadye Park in Moscow; The Broad museum in LA; the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; and The Juilliard School in Tianjin, China.
Elizabeth Diller, Co-founding Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R).
Alongside partner Ricardo Scofidio, Diller’s cross-genre work has been distinguished with TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list and the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture. She has led two cultural works significant to New York: The Shed and the expansion of MoMA. Diller also created, directed and produced The Mile-Long Opera, an immersive choral work staged on the High Line. Currently, Diller is leading the design of the Centre for Music, a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra, and a new Collection and Research Centre for the V&A in London’s Olympic Park. She is a Professor of Architectural Design at Princeton University.