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Profile

Elizabeth Diller (Łódź, 1954) is a renowned American architect and co-founder of the interdisciplinary design agency Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). She is also Professor of Architectural Design at the prestigious Princeton University. Diller was born to a Jewish family in Poland, and emigrated to the United States at the age of six. While studying at the Cooper Union School of Architecture she met Ricardo Scofidio, her mentor and future partner. In 1981 the two and Charles Renfro founded the DS+R agency; Benjamin Gilmartin joined them in 2004. DS+R has grown to be an influential player in architecture, urban design, installation art, multimedia performances, digital media and publications. Diller has become famous for her conceptual approach and for her innovative work for various cultural institutions. She received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for architecture (1999), and has twice appeared on TIME Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People (2009, 2018). In 2017 the Wall Street Journal awarded her agency the Architecture Innovator of the Year Award, and in the same year she received the National Design Award from the Smithsonian. In New York, she was partly responsible for the conversion of a disused railway line to the green urban park The High Line. She also led the design process of the cultural institution The Shed, and the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2018 Diller and composer David Lang worked on the opera project The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock (2018), with a cast of 1000. For this edition of the Holland Festival, Diller worked with associate artist Bill T. Jones on the new production Deep Blue Sea.