Diller Scofidio + Renfro and O'Donnell + Tuomey unveil designs for V&A East project

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Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin. Diller Scofidio + Renfro Studio

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Studio. 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. The studio is based in New York and 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 adaptive reuse of an obsolete, industrial rail infrastructure into the High Line, a 1.5 mile-long public park, and the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ half-century-old campus. The studio is currently engaged in two more projects significant to New York, scheduled to open in 2019: 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 renovation and expansion of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Most recently, the studio was also selected to design: Adelaide Contemporary, a new gallery and public sculpture park in South Australia; the Centre for Music, which will be a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra; and a new collection and research centre for the V&A in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Recent projects include the 35-acre Zaryadye Park adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in New York; and The Juilliard School in Tianjin, China.

DS+R’s independent work includes the Blur Building, a pavilion made of fog on Lake Neuchâtel for the Swiss Expo; Exit, an immersive data-driven installation about human migration at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Arbores Laetae, an animated micro-park for the Liverpool Biennial; Musings on a Glass Box at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris; and Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at the Jewish Museum in New York. A major retrospective of DS+R’s work was mounted at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Most recently, the studio designed two site-specific installations at the 2018 Venice Biennale and the Costume Institute’s Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. DS+R also directed and produced The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock, a free, choral performance featuring 1,000 singers atop the High Line, co-created with David Lang.

DS+R has authored several books: The High Line (Phaidon Press, 2015), Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account (Damiani, 2013), Flesh: Architectural Probes (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), Blur: The Making of Nothing (Harry N. Abrams, 2002), and Back to the Front: Tourisms of War (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996).

DS+R has been distinguished with the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture, Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential" list, the Smithsonian Institution's 2005 National Design Award, the Medal of Honor and the President's Award from AIA New York, and Wall Street Journal Magazine's 2017 Architecture Innovator of the Year Award. Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth Diller are fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and are International Fellows at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey. O’Donnell and Tuomey

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey met while they were studying architecture at University College Dublin and have worked together in partnership as O’Donnell + Tuomey for more than 25 years. They have exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale. They received the RIAI Gold Medal for Ranelagh Multidenominational School in 2005 and have been seven times winners of the AAI Downes Medal for excellence in architectural design. They have been twice shortlisted for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize, four times for the Mies van der Rohe European Award, and five times for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

They both teach at University College Dublin and have lectured at schools of architecture in Europe, the UK, Japan and the USA, including Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge and the AA. They were elected honorary fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. They are both members of Aosdána, the affiliation of Irish artists.

They are the 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious award in architecture, awarded by the President of the RIBA.

ELIZABETH DILLER

Elizabeth Diller, (Poland,1954), a founding Partner of DillerScofidio+Renfro, 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. She married with Ricardo Scofidio.

DILLER SCOFIDIO & RENFRO is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts while investigating issues of contemporary culture such as the spatial conventions of the everyday, the influence of media technologies on architecture, the changing definitions of domesticity, and the institution in the public realm.

Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners who work collaboratively with a staff of 100 architects, artists and administrators. DS+R was the first architecture firm to receive a MacArthur "genius" grant and it also won an Obie for Jet Lag, a wildly creative piece of multimedia off-Broadway theater.

"DS+R" bring a groundbreaking approach to big and small projects in architecture, urban design and art, playing with new materials, tampering with space and spectacle in ways that make you look twice.

CHARLES RENFRO

Charles Renfro, AIA (Baytown, Texas in 1964), joined the studio DillerScofidio+Renfro in 1997 and became Partner in 2004. He attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. Mr. Renfro is currently a Visiting Professor at Parsons New School for Design.

DILLER SCOFIDIO & RENFRO is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts while investigating issues of contemporary culture such as the spatial conventions of the everyday, the influence of media technologies on architecture, the changing definitions of domesticity, and the institution in the public realm.

Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners who work collaboratively with a staff of 100 architects, artists and administrators. DS+R was the first architecture firm to receive a MacArthur "genius" grant and it also won an Obie for Jet Lag, a wildly creative piece of multimedia off-Broadway theater.

"DS+R" bring a groundbreaking approach to big and small projects in architecture, urban design and art, playing with new materials, tampering with space and spectacle in ways that make you look twice.

RICARDO SCOFIDIO

Ricardo Scofidio, AIA (New York,1935), a founding Partner of DillerScofidio+Renfro, attended The Cooper Union School of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from Columbia University. Mr. Scofidio is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cooper Union. He is married to Elizabeth Diller.

DILLER SCOFIDIO & RENFRO is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts while investigating issues of contemporary culture such as the spatial conventions of the everyday, the influence of media technologies on architecture, the changing definitions of domesticity, and the institution in the public realm.

Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners who work collaboratively with a staff of 100 architects, artists and administrators. DS+R was the first architecture firm to receive a MacArthur "genius" grant and it also won an Obie for Jet Lag, a wildly creative piece of multimedia off-Broadway theater.

"DS+R" bring a groundbreaking approach to big and small projects in architecture, urban design and art, playing with new materials, tampering with space and spectacle in ways that make you look twice.

SHEILA O'DONNELL

Sheila O'Donnell (Dublin, Ireland, 1953), gets the B.Arch at University College Dublin in 1976, working for Spencer & Webster from 1978-1980, and Colquhoun and Miller between 1979 and 1980. In 1980, she obtained the Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, the same year she starts working for Stirling Wildford & Associates (London). O'Donnell has served as visiting professor at various universities like Princeton, Buffalo and Washington. He has been jury of awards such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (2005-2009), and member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (Ireland) and the American Institute of Architects.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey established O'Donnell + Tuomey in 1988. The practice has developed an international reputation for cultural, social and educational buildings including the Irish Film Centre, Ranelagh School, Furniture College, Letterfrack, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Timberyard Social Housing and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. They are currently engaged in the design of university buildings, schools, housing and mixed use buildings in Ireland and the UK. They have been involved in urban design projects including the Temple Bar regeneration in Dublin and the Zuid Poort masterplan in Delft. Both lecture in University College Dublin and have taught at a number of schools of architecture in UK and USA including AA, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Syracuse and Buffalo Universities. O'Donnell + Tuomey's work has been widely published and exhibited and has received many national and international awards.

JOHN TUOMEY

John Tuomey (Tralee, Ireland, 1954), gets the B.Arch. at University College Dublin in 1976, working for Stirling Wilford & Associates (London) between 1976 and 1980 and the Office of Public Works in Dublin between 1981 and 1987. Tuomey has served as visiting professor at universities like Princeton's Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. He was president of the Architectural Association of Ireland between 1992 and 1993, and member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (1994). In 2004, he obtained the M.Arch from University College Dublin, becoming a professor of Architectural Design (Architectural Design) since 2008 in the same university. It has been Chair of RIBA Stirling Prize jury in 2009, and Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2010.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey established O'Donnell + Tuomey in 1988. The practice has developed an international reputation for cultural, social and educational buildings including the Irish Film Centre, Ranelagh School, Furniture College, Letterfrack, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Timberyard Social Housing and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. They are currently engaged in the design of university buildings, schools, housing and mixed use buildings in Ireland and the UK. They have been involved in urban design projects including the Temple Bar regeneration in Dublin and the Zuid Poort masterplan in Delft. Both lecture in University College Dublin and have taught at a number of schools of architecture in UK and USA including AA, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Syracuse and Buffalo Universities. O'Donnell + Tuomey's work has been widely published and exhibited and has received many national and international awards.

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