Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro Named Again in Time’s 100 Most Influential People List
Architect Elizabeth Diller of firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has once again been named one of TIME’s most influential people in 2018. TIME Magazine’s annual ‘Time 100’ List recognizes the achievement of artists, leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, and athletes who are exemplary in their fields. Diller has been named to the category of “Titans,” along with Roger Federer, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Kevin Durant. This is Diller’s second time on the list but the first time being honored as a “Titan.”
Other honorees this year include Shinzo Abe, Justin Trudeau, Xi Jinping and Jimmy Kimmel.
Maybe it’s because she’s a woman in a male-dominated field, or because she was originally a conceptual artist—along with her partner in art, architecture and life, Ric Scofidio—but whatever the reason, Liz sees opportunities where others see challenges. She can do the impossible.
Elizabeth Diller was first included in TIME’s 100 List in 2009 along with her partner Ricardo Scofidio.
In 2013, Wang Shu was honored in the “Artists” category. In 2016, Bjarke Ingels made it to the list in the “Artists” category as well, praised in writing by Rem Koolhaas. In 2017, David Adjaye was nominated to the “Icons” category.
Elizabeth Diller’s nomination into the “Titans” category this year seems a step above the ordinary in terms of prestige and significance.
Of this list, TIME’s editor Nancy Gibbs once said:
“The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms….If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”