Audi Urban Future Award - the architects:
DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO, New York
The New York practice of Elisabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro is considered an intellectual think tank for visions that test the limits of possibility. Elisabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio met at the Cooper Union School of Architecture before they founded their studio in 1979. Along with Charles Renfro, who joined them as a partner in 2004, they taught for several years at various universities. Among the many awards the architects have received are the Cooper Union Urban Visionary Award (2006) and the Medal of Honor of the American Institute of Architects (2010).
Their best known works include the recently opened High Line park in New York’s Meatpacking District, as well as the re-design of the Alice Tully Hall and the expansion of the Juilliard School, both part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The architects also garnered attention with the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the “Blur Building” for the Swiss Expo 2002. Currently, Diller Scofidio + Renfro are working on the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro and on the expansion of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, among other projects.