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Charles Renfro

Charles Renfro


Charles Renfro

Giant Alumnus of the Month 

Charles Renfro graduated from Robert E. Lee High school, where he was a four-year member of the REL band and played clarinet. He graduated from Rice University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Charles earned a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1994. Now, he is an architect and partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. He has worked on many projects significant to New York, including the redesign of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The High Line, and the renovation of MoMA; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; The Broad museum in Los Angeles; and academic facilities for the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, Brown University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. Abroad, he led the design of the 35-acre Zaryadye Park, located adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow, the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro, the Tianjin Juilliard School in China, and is leading the design of the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre-a new gallery in Adelaide, Australia. Renfro was the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Magazine's Innovator of the Year award. Charles is the Vice President of the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Board of Directors in New York and is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts. He lectures widely at universities worldwide, with a focus on engaging the next generation of architects. Renfro continues to contribute to discussions in Texas, including as a member of the William Ward Watkin Council at Rice University, a former member of the Buffalo Bayou Public Art Program Steering Committee, and most recently, to present new ideas of urban regeneration to the Houston Parks Board. He is currently leading the renovation of the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas; Frank Lloyd Wright's only built free-standing theater. Renfro was the recipient of the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Award and the 2012 Rice University Distinguished Alumnus, making him one of the youngest alumni to receive this prestigious award and the first from The School of Architecture. Charles, an innovator, credits his childhood experiences in Baytown and Goose Creek CISD to much of his success. Thank you to Houston Methodist Baytown for sponsoring this award. You can find Charles' projects here:

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