Diller Scofidio + Renfro are an interdisciplinary studio that fuses architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. The work of DS+R takes the form of architectural commissions, temporary and permanent site-specific installations, multi-media theater, electronic media, and print. DS+R currently have 20 permanent employees and an extended family of outside collaborators. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio founded D+S in 1979. Charles Renfro, a collaborator in the studio since 1997, was promoted to partner in 2004.
DS+R is currently working on the expansion and renovation of facilities and public spaces for Lincoln Center in New York City, including Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School. DS+R just finished the Construction Documents for the ICA Boston, which will break ground in July 2004. They are currently designing the new Museum of Art & Technology for Eyebeam on 21st Street in New York, awarded following an international competition and featured in the 2002 and 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale.
They recently completed Facsimile, a permanent media installation for the San Francisco Arts Commission at the new Moscone Convention Center West, as well as a master plan for Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District for the BAMLDC in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas. In 2002, the Blur Building, a media pavilion was completed for Swiss EXPO 02 and they designed the Viewing Platforms at Ground Zero.
Other completed projects include: Brasserie, a restaurant in the Seagram Building, New York; Travelogues, a permanent public art work at the new International Arrivals Terminal 4 in JFK, New York; Master/Slave, an installation at the Fondation Cartier in Paris; Slither, a 104 unit social housing building in Gifu, Japan; Jet Lag, a multi-media work for the stage in collaboration with The Builders Association; EJM1: Man Walking at Ordinary Speed and EJM2: Inertia, two dance collaborations with the Lyon Ballet Opera of France and Charleroi/Danses of Belgium, both currently touring the U.S., Europe and Asia. Among other DS+R works are Refresh, a web project for the Dia Art Foundation; The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life, a curatorial project exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal; InterClone Hotel, an installation at the Ataturk Airport for the Istanbul Biennial; Pageant, a video installation for the Johannesburg Biennial; X,Y, a permanent installation for a pachinko parlor in Kobe, Japan; Jump Cuts, a public art commission for United Artists in San Jose CA; Moving Target, a collaborative dance work with Charleroi/Danses; Business Class, a collaborative theater work with Dumb Type and Hotel Pro Forma for the Copenhagen Cultural Capital; Indigestion, an interactive video installation; and Subtopia, an electronic project for the ICC Gallery in Tokyo.
Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were recipients of the MacArthur Foundation Award in 1999, the first ever given in the field of architecture. The studio has recently been awarded the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Obie for Creative Achievement in Off-Broadway Theater for Jet Lag, a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant Design for the Brasserie, and a Progressive Architecture Design Award for the Blur Building. They have also recently received the MacDermott Award for Creative Achievement from M.I.T, the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, and fellowships from the Graham Foundation and the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio, the first major retrospective exhibition of their work. The accompanying catalogue was published by Abrams.
Installations by Diller + Scofidio have been commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, the Cartier Foundation, the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, and Gallery Ma Tokyo. D+S works are in the permanent collection of MoMA, SFMoMA, the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, several FRACs in France, the Musee de la Mode in Paris, and many private collections.
Their bi-lingual book, Back to the Front: Tourisms of War, was published by the FRAC Basse-Normandie. Their second book, Flesh: architectural probes, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1995, has recently been reprinted. Blur: the Making of Nothing, was published by Abrams in 2002.