Columbia Business School Picks Diller Scofidio for New Campus

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a New York architectural firm, will design two buildings for the Columbia Business School, bookending a public square on the university’s new $6.3 billion satellite campus.

One of the structures will be named for Henry Kravis, who made a $100 million gift to the university last October. Kravis, co-founder of the private equity firm KKR & Co., is a 1969 graduate of the business school and co-chairman of its Board of Overseers.

A school official told Bloomberg News about the selection of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, but asked not to be identified because the official announcement has not been made. The two- building complex is projected to cost about $500 million.

Other buildings at the new 17-acre extension, located five blocks north of the main Columbia University campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, will be designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who prepared the master plan with New York’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the recent renovations at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The firm also is handling projects in California for the Broad Art Foundation and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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