David Allin

Assistant Professor

David Allin is a Senior Associate at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, where he has
led art, exhibition and architecture projects since joining the studio in
2006. He is currently project designer for Culture Shed, a flexible visual
and performing arts facility at the Hudson Yards development in New York
City, and project leader for “The Bubble,” a seasonal pneumatic structure
for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. In
addition to managing architecture projects, David has coordinated the
studio’s art, exhibition and performance work and directed projects
including Chain City, a media installation for the Venice Biennale in
2008; Arbores Laetae, a kinetic landscape commissioned by the Liverpool
Biennale in 2008; Traveling Music, a roving performance through the city
of Bordeaux for Evento 2009 in collaboration with the composer Julia Wolfe;
and Open House, a research project on the New York City service industry
with an accompanying installation in Levittown, New York, in collaboration
with the design collaborative Droog in 2011.

Participation in lectures and conferences have included  Architecture
After Las Vegas
at Yale University, What Price Architecture? hosted by
Imprint Culture Lab, and Art in the Expanded Field at the Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden organized by the artist Doug Aitken.

In addition to teaching architecture studios at Cooper Union, David was a
visiting professor at the University at Buffalo, and taught the Master of
Architecture thesis studio at Princeton University with Elizabeth Diller
from 2008 to 2011.

David received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a
Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

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