The notable husband and wife architectural team, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, will speak about their recent projects on April 14, 2003, at New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Art critics and connoisseurs have dubbed the pair among the most unusual working architects in the United States because their work crosses many media boundaries.
“Diller and Scofidio have created an alternative form of architectural practice that unites design, performance, and electronic media with cultural and architectural theory and criticism,” says Urs Gauchat, dean of the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT. “Their work explores how space functions in our culture and illustrates that architecture, when understood as the physical manifestation of social relationships, is everywhere, not only in buildings.”
The lecture will be the last one in the annual free spring lecture series of NJSOA. Hunter-Douglas, Upper Saddle River, is the sponsor. All lectures start at 5 p.m. and take place in Lecture Hall 1 in the NJSOA building located at the intersection of Warren Street and MLK Boulevard on the NJIT campus.
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City now hosts through June 1, 2003, a retrospective of the pair’s work: “Scanning: The Aberrant Architecture of Diller & Scofidio.” The exhibit presents a range of 21 site-specific installations, video works, performance pieces, and buildings.
On view are a toy display showing off a collection of miniature Japanese robots and the stage set design for the off-Broadway show “Jet Lag.” The latter project received an Obie award for creative achievement.
Other achievements by Diller and Scofidio include receiving the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship in the field of architecture as well as fellowships from the Graham Foundation, the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
More honors include the James Beard Foundation Award for best new restaurant design for the Brasserie, a New York City eatery; the Progressive Architecture Design Award for the Blur Building a media pavilion for Swiss EXPO 2002; the MacDermott Award for Creative Achievement from M.I.T. The pair also received the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the Tiffany Award for Emerging Artists.
Diller and Scofidio was founded in 1979.
Diller, who is currently an assistant professor of architecture at Princeton University, has directed graduate studies there since 1993. She received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1979 from Cooper Union School of Architecture and taught there from 1981 – 1990.
Ricardo Scofidio studied at Cooper Union School of Architecture (1952-55). He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Columbia University (1960) and has been a professor of architecture at Cooper Union School since 1965.
NJSOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the U.S. granting both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture and the only architecture school in New Jersey offering the bachelor's degree in architecture. NJSOA is a national leader in the integration of computer-aided design into the studio curriculum and for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year, students have won awards in the annual CADDIES Competition for Excellence in Design Visualization. Sponsored in part by Cadalyst magazine, the annual international competition celebrates excellence in digital imaging and presents awards in student and professional categories for both still images and animation.