Billie Tsien was born in Ithaca, New York. She received bachelor of fine arts from Yale and her master of architecture from UCLA. She has worked with Tod Williams since 1977 and in 1986 they formed Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
Current work with Williams includes a new museum for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, a performing and visual arts center at the University of Chicago, the Asia Society headquarters in Hong Kong, an information technology campus in Mumbai, two new skating rinks in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a dormitory at Haverford College, and a bioengineering laboratory at Princeton University.
Tsien and Williams have received the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the New York City AIA, and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation. The partners have been honored with the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award in Architecture and the President’s Medal from the Architectural League of New York.
Tsien has an interest in work that bridges art and architecture. She serves on the advisory council for the Yale School of Architecture and is a director of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy in Rome. Tsien has taught extensively in architectural program throughout the United States including Parsons School of Design, Harvard University, the University of Texas–Austin, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.
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