Container/Contained: Art and Architecture as One
Charles Renfro is a Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a 115-person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the performing arts, and the visual arts. Together with Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, he is intimately involved in the design of each of the studio’s projects. Charles has headed the design for the renovation and expansion of the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Creative Arts Center at Brown University, and Blur for the 2002 Swiss Expo. He currently leads design for the Rice University Opera Theater, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, the Stanford University Art & Art History Building, and Zaryadye Park in Moscow.
DS+R’s work has been exhibited worldwide at museums and institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Centre Pompidou. Charles is a contributing editor of Document Journal and his writing has been published in Bomb, OUT, and A+U Magazine. In 2009 he authored the essay, “Undesigning the New Art School” for Steven Henry Madoff’s book, Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century. Charles is a board member of Spaceworks and Storefront for Art and Architecture, where he has been President of the Board since 2011. Recently, Charles was made a National Academy Academician, and in 2012 he was honored as a Rice University Distinguished Alumnus, making him one of the youngest alumni to ever receive this prestigious award.
Charles is a graduate of Rice University and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP. He has taught at Rice, Parsons the New School for Design, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University.