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Diller honored for design work

Elizabeth Diller, professor of architecture, and her partners in the New York design firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, have received the 2005 Architecture Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Launched in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual awards program "celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation and lasting achievement," according to the museum.

Diller was recognized with her partners, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro, for their work at the firm that fuses architecture with the visual and performing arts. Their installations have been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; and Gallery Ma in Tokyo. Their current projects include the construction of Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and the expansion and renovation of New York's Lincoln Center.

Diller has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 1990.

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