Elizabeth Diller of the New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design Columbia Business School's new facilities in Manhattanville. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, in consultation with Dean Glenn Hubbard and members of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, made the selection after hosting a competition featuring several of the world's top architects.
"Diller Scofidio + Renfro have demonstrated a great ability to translate ideas and concepts into boundary-stretching designs," said Dean Hubbard. "This ideas-based approach is perfect for our needs — 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."
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to make a new home for the Business School," says Elizabeh Diller, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. "Our challenge is to support Columbia's progressive new approach to business education with architecture that participates in pedagogy and that animates a public center within the new campus and its richly layered social and industrial context.
The selection of the architect for the Manhattanville facilities comes on the heels of the historic gift of $100 million from Henry Kravis '69 toward the School's new home. One of the top new buildings that Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design be named The Henry R. Kravis Building in recognition of Mr. Kravis's generosity.
I can't wait to see designs for these two buildings as well as construction date.
Project: Columbia Business School
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Client: Columbia University in the City of New York
Location: Manhattanville, USA
Source: Columbia Business School Newsroom, Columbia University Press Room