Architect Selected for Columbia Business School’s New Manhattanville Facilities
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, in consultation with Dean Glenn Hubbard and members of the Columbia Business School (CBS) Board of Overseers, has selected Elizabeth Diller of the New York–based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the new CBS facilities in Manhattanville.
“Diller Scofidio + Renfro have demonstrated a great ability to translate ideas and concepts into boundary-stretching designs,” Hubbard said in a statement announcing their selection. CBS selected the firm after hosting a competition featuring several of the world’s top architects.
“This ideas-based approach is perfect for our needs,” Hubbard continued. “Liz Diller fully understands that our project is not about bricks and mortar, but rather about transforming the school and how we approach business education and business itself. Our new facilities will be specifically designed to foster collaboration, communication and an education that reflects the way business is conducted in the 21st century,” he said.
Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, graduates of Columbia College, were the first architects to receive MacArthur Fellowships, commonly known as “genius grants.” Their work was featured as part of a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2003, entitled the Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio. Charles Renfro joined Diller and Scofidio in leading the firm in 2004.
Earlier this fall, CBS received an unprecedented $100 million gift from Henry Kravis ’69, which will help fund construction of the new facilities. One of the two new buildings that Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design will be named the Henry R. Kravis Building.
Other notable projects by Diller Scofidio + Renfro include the redesign of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the expansion of the Julliard School, the High Line park in New York City’s Meatpacking District, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Switzerland’s Blur Building.
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