MacArthur Fellows Program

Ricardo Scofidio

Architect | Class of 1999

New York, New York
64 at time of award
Published July 1, 1999

About Ricardo's Work

Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio are architects who have created an alternative form of architectural practice that unites design, performance, and electronic media with cultural and architectural theory and criticism.

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 just in buildings. “We Interrupt This Program” is a collaborative proposal commissioned by CNN for the atrium of its headquarters in Atlanta. “Cold War” proposes to use an ice hockey rink as a video-projection surface for computer-animated videos. Recent projects include an expansion of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and collaboration on the design of a public park plan for the High Line, a 1.6 mile elevated railroad platform on Manhattan’s West Side. In 2003, the Whitney Museum hosted Scanning: The Aberrant Architecture of Diller + Scofidio, their first major retrospective exhibition.


Scofidio has been a professor of architecture at Cooper Union School since 1965. He also serves as principal of the firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which he co-founded in 1979. Diller and Scofidio published Flesh: Architectural Probes (1995) and Blur: The Making of Nothing (2002).

Born in 1935, Scofidio studied at The Cooper Union School of Architecture (1952-55) and received a B.Arch. (1960) from Columbia University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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