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Royal Academy Architecture Prize lecture: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio

Architecture Awards Week


Tuesday 14 May 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Blur Building

Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photo by Beat Widmer

Join us for a celebratory lecture by this year’s winners, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, who will discuss the ongoing relevance of their early work and influences for current projects.

Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio received the second Royal Academy Architecture Prize in February 2019, which honours an inspiring contribution to the culture of architecture. The jury wished to celebrate “an innovative partnership that, from its inception, has been passionately committed to interdisciplinary work that expands architectural ideas and urban culture, and consistently produces work that demonstrates how buildings can enhance cities and capture the public imagination”.

Their practice, Diller Scofidio + Renfro began in New York, in 1981, as an international design studio whose practice spanned the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. Founding partners Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio established their identity with independent, self-generated installation and performance pieces such as Traffic, the Rotary Notary and His Hot Plate and many more. Their ability to transcend traditional architectural thinking was particularly apparent in 2002 with their iconic Blur Building.

Today, DS+R’s four partners collaborate on every project. They have completed two of the largest architecture and planning initiatives in New York’s recent history: the adaptive reuse of an obsolete, industrial rail infrastructure into the High Line, and the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ half-century-old campus. The studio is also working on the Centre for Music, the new home for the London Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets include a drinks reception in the Royal Academy’s Collection Gallery after the lecture.

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Tuesday 14 May 2019

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£20, £12. Includes drinks reception