In 2011, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, in consultation with Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard and members of the School's Board of Overseers, selected Elizabeth Diller of New York–based Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the School’s new facilities on the Manhattanville Campus. Diller Scofidio + Renfro has worked on the design in collaboration with FXFOWLE.

Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were the first architects to receive MacArthur Fellowships. Their career-long innovations have been featured in several books and in a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2003.

Some of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s many notable works include The High Line, the redesign of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the expansion of both the Julliard School and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Diller earned a degree in architecture from Cooper Union. She is a professor of architecture at Princeton University.