Elizabeth Diller


Elizabeth Diller, also known as Liz Diller,[1] is an American architect and partner in Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which she co-founded in 1981.[2] She is also an architecture professor at Princeton University.[3]

Elizabeth Diller (left), Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After Images book launch



Elizabeth Diller was born in 1958 in Łódź, Poland, to Jewish parents. The family emigrated to the United States in 1960 when she was two years old.[4]

Diller earned her B.Arch in 1979 from the Cooper Union School of Architecture.[1] She met Ricardo Scofidio during her studies; he was her teacher then her tutor. After earning her degree and working as an assistant professor, they later married in the 1980s. Since the 2000s, she has become well-known for her work with conceptual architecture, museums and other cultural institutions.[4][5]

Awards and honors


Diller is considered among the most influential designers of cultural spaces[6] and in 1999 received the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship in architecture.[7] In 2002, Diller designed the Blur Building for the Swiss Expo with this money.[8]

In 2000 she was awarded the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design.[9]

The studio that Diller co-founded was awarded WSJ. magazine's 2017 Architecture Innovator of the Year Award. It also received the Smithsonian Institution National Design Award.[10]

In 2018 she was named to the Time magazine most-influential list for the second time, and was the only architect on that list.[11][3]

In 2019, Diller became the winner of the Jane Drew Prize, and the eighth winner of the annual Women in Architecture award. She was also awarded the Second Royal Academy Architecture Prize.[12][13][14][15]

In 2022 she was awarded the Wolf Prize in Arts in the category "Architecture".[16]



Further reading

  • "Architecture Is a Technology That Has Not Yet Discovered Its Agency", by Elizabeth Diller and Anthony Vidler addresses the underlying reliance modern architects have on technology and the effects of this technology on architecture itself. In this work she explains the problems associated with technology and its use in architecture, yet also defines architecture as a certain type of technology that applies various systems in the world as a whole.[20]
  • "Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio: 'The city is a public resource'" was written by London architect and designer Edwin Heathcote in May 2019. Heathcote interviewed Diller and Scofidio about some of their larger works, projects before they became known in the architectural sphere, and explains their experimental process when designing buildings-specifically in New York City and Manhattan.[21]


  1. ^ a b Wainwright, Oliver (October 20, 2017). "Meet Liz Diller, the rebel architect behind MoMA, the High Line and now a home for Simon Rattle". The Guardian. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur 'Genius' Grants". ArchDaily. September 22, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Edinburgh International Culture Summit". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Bernstein, Fred A. (February 16, 2018). "How Elizabeth Diller's Polish Heritage Shaped Her Career". Architectural Digest. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Farago, Jason. "An interview with Elizabeth Diller". Even. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Heathcote, Edwin (September 15, 2017). "Elizabeth Diller: one of architecture's most articulate voices". Financial Times. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Diller - Architect - Class of 1999". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "The 6 Architects Who Have Won MacArthur "Genius" Grants". September 22, 2016. Archived from the original on September 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Restaurant Design Award Winner Archive | James Beard Foundation". www.jamesbeard.org. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Elizabeth Diller | Princeton University School of Architecture". soa.princeton.edu. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Gibson, Eleanor (April 20, 2018). "Elizabeth Diller named world's most influential architect by Time magazine". Dezeen. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Diller Scofidio + Renfro Awarded 2019 Royal Academy Architecture Prize". ArchDaily. February 8, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  13. ^ "Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio recognised with Royal Academy Architecture Prize - Announcements - e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  14. ^ "High Line architects Liz Diller and Ricardo Scofidio win RA prize | Architecture | The Guardian". amp.theguardian.com. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  15. ^ Jessel, Ella (January 28, 2019). "Liz Diller wins 2019 Jane Drew Prize". Architects' Journal. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "Wolf Prize 2022". Archived from the original on February 8, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  17. ^ "Go Inside MoMA's Major New Expansion". Architectural Digest. June 1, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  18. ^ "The Shed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group | 2019-04-26 | Architectural Record". www.architecturalrecord.com. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  19. ^ "Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils twisting tower for London Centre for Music". Dezeen. January 21, 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Diller, Elizabeth; Vidler, Anthony (2013). "Architecture is a technology that has not yet discovered its agency". Log (28): 21–26. ISSN 1547-4690. JSTOR 43630864.
  21. ^ Heathcote, Edwin (May 24, 2019). "Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio: 'The city is a public resource'". RA Magazine. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  • Dimendberg, Edward, "Elizabeth Diller". Architectural Review Volume, no. 1459 (Mar 2019): p. 98-101.
  • Gilmartin, Benjamin et al., "Democratizing Space". A+U: Architecture and Urbanism Volume, no. 6 (June 2019): p. 7-17.
  • Kim, Narae, and Elizabeth Diller, "Dreamer, Doer, Creator". Space Volume, no. 596 (July 2017): p 28-33.