March 19, 2018 6:30 p.m.End:
March 19, 2018 7:30 p.m.Location: Pruis Hall
College of Architecture and Planning
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Midtown Manhattan, NY
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien founded their New York architecture office in 1986. Their studio focuses on work for institutions such as schools, museums, and not-for-profits - organizations committed to benefit and inspire their surrounding communities. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all, experience, are at the heart of what they design. Notable projects include The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and Lefrak Center in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. In 2016, they were selected as the architects for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
Over the past three decades, their dedication to this work has been recognized by numerous national and international citations including the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama and the Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. Additional awards and recognitions include Asia Society Global Arts Award, Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, The Chrysler Award for Innovation, and the Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellowship. They have been inducted into the National Academy, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In parallel with their practice, Tod and Billie maintain active academic careers and lecture worldwide. As both educators and practitioners, they are dedicated to creating a better world through architecture.