Besler, Diller receive architectural awards

Friday, Feb 1, 2019
by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Faculty members Erin Besler and Elizabeth Diller of Princeton’s School of Architecture have recently been awarded prizes in recognition of their impact on the field of architecture.

Assistant Professor of Architecture Besler, with Ian Besler, co-founders of Besler & Sons, have received a 2019 United States Artists Fellowship for contributions to the field of architecture. This year, 45 artists and collectives working across disciplines will each receive an unrestricted $50,000 cash award.

Spanning creative disciplines including architecture and design, craft, dance, film, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, visual art and writing, USA Fellowships are awarded to artists at all stages of their careers who are working across the country.

Diller, a professor of architecture, is the winner of 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. The prize is one of the Women in Architecture awards, given in association with The Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal, which look to inspire change in the architectural profession by celebrating great design by women architects from around the world and promoting role models for young women in practice.

Emily Booth, editor of 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 much anticipated London Centre for Music — Diller’s brave, refreshing, innovative and often cross-disciplinary approach is an inspiration to the architectural profession."

Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. In 1999 Diller received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the first given in the field of architecture.

Diller will accept the award and speak at the AJ/AR Women in Architecture luncheon at the Savoy in London on March 1.


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