Billie Tsien
United States
Billie Tsien is an American architect and artist trained in fine arts at Yale University (BFA, 1971) and in architecture at the University of California at Los Angeles (M.Arch., 1977). She has worked with Tod Williams since 1977 and they have been in partnership since 1986. She has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Parsons School of Design, Yale University, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and the University of Texas at Austin. Completed works by Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates include the Museum of Folk Art in New York City, the Student Arts Centre at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the Spiegel Pool House, Feinberg Hall at Princeton University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch in New York City, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, a 525-person dormitory and dining facility at the University of Virginia, a major addition to the Phoenix Art Museum, a science building and aquatic centre for the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, the Natatorium at the Cranbrook School, and the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California. Ms. Tsien has a particular interest in work that bridges art and architecture. She is an advisor for the Wexner Prize, and serves on the boards of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League, and the American Academy of Rome. With Tod Williams, she is the recipient of the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honour from the New York City branch of the American Institute of Architects, and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.