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Elizabeth Diller

Elizabeth Diller

Founding Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), a New York-based 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.

DS+R completed two of the largest architecture and planning initiatives in New York City’s recent history:  the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ half-century-old campus and the High Line, a 1.5 mile-long public park. Liz is currently leading two cultural works significant to New York: The Shed—the first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture - and the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art (both opening 2019).

She is also designing the Centre for Music, a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Simon Rattle, and is directing the Mile-Long Opera, a performance staged on a mile-long stretch of the High Line.

Liz’s cross-genre work has been distinguished with Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People" list and the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is Chair of the Grand Jury for the 2018 RIBA International Prize. She is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.


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