Culture Works NYC: Two Landmark Projects

2011 L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture

Craig Dykers cofounded Snøhetta as an integrated architecture, landscape, and interior design company, first in Oslo in 1989, and subsequently in New York City, in 2004. He has worked on the design of several prominent cultural projects including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site. Snøhetta was recently awarded a number of other prominent cultural projects including the new King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Saudi Arabia, the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh, North Carolina, the expansion of the SFMoMA in San Francisco, and the redesign of Times Square in New York City. Active professionally and academically, Dykers is a member of the Norwegian Architecture Association, the American Institute of Architects, is a fellow in the Royal Society of Arts in England, and vice president of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce. In addition Dykers has been commissioned to complete various installation art projects in public spaces, many of these focused on the notion of context, nature, and human nature.

Charles Renfro is a partner at the New York City–based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). DS+R is a 70-person interdisciplinary firm that integrates the performing arts, visual arts, and architecture. Renfro serves as partner-in-charge of Stanford University’s McMurtry Building, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the recently completed Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. Performance and art collaborations have included the recent Re-Imaging Suburbia with Droog and Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theater and performed at the Adelaide Festival. Renfro’s work with DS+R has been exhibited worldwide at many museums and institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Whitney Museum; the Netherlands Architecture Institute; the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and the Centre Pompidou. Prior to joining DS+R, Renfro was an associate at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects and Ralph Appelbaum Associates. He was a founding partner of Department of Design in Brooklyn. His independent art and architectural work has been exhibited in several galleries nationwide including the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City.

Kent Kleinman (moderator) Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University.

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