Professor Elizabeth Diller has been awarded the 2019 Jane Drew Prize, an award recognizing an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture. Diller said, "It is a great honor to be awarded the Jane Drew Prize 2019, and to join such an amazing group of women that came before. I'm very touched."
Emily Booth, editor of the Architects’ Journal, said, "Liz Diller is an international architectural powerhouse and a hugely deserving winner of this year’s Jane Drew Prize. From her wide range of work, including High Line in New York, to The Broad art museum in Los Angeles, to the muchanticipated London Centre for Music – Diller’s brave, refreshing, innovative and often crossdisciplinary approach is an inspiration to the architectural profession."
Last year, British architect and founder of AL_A Amanda Levete was awarded the prize, while in 2017, it was given to American architect, planner and theorist Denise Scott Brown. Other previous winners include Odile Decq (2016), Grafton Architects’ founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (2015) and Zaha Hadid (2014).
Current work by Diller Scofidio + Renfro includes the expandable cultural venue The Shed, scheduled to open spring 2019, which is located next to the practice’s famous High Line walkway in New York.