Billie Tsien, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners Asian Architecture Today
San Francisco, CA 94102
Most recently selected to design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, renowned architect Billie Tsien will present key projects from Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.
Tsien began working with Tod Williams in 1977, founding their architectural practice in 1986. Located in New York, their studio focuses on work for institutions including schools, museums and nonprofits — organizations and people who value issues of aspiration and meaning, and timelessness and beauty. Their buildings are carefully made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail and, most of all, experience, are at the heart of what they build.
Over the past three decades, Tsien and Williams have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects as well as numerous national and international citations. Most recently, they received the 2013 National Medal of the Arts from President Obama, 2013 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects and 2014 International Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Additional recognition includes the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Brunner Award, Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Municipal Art Society’s Brendan Gill Prize, New York City AIA Medal of Honor and Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture.
About the Series
The Asian Art Museum and California College of the Arts present three lectures by leading figures shaping architecture today. Through this collaboration, the series hosts a combination of distinguished architects from Asia as well as North American practitioners active in Asia to provide a common framework for deepening knowledge of and interest in contemporary Asian architecture.
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