Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Last updated

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (also known as Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners) are a husband-and-wife architectural firm founded in 1986, based in New York. Williams and Tsien began working together in 1977. [1] Their studio focuses on work for institutions including museums, schools, and nonprofit organizations. [2]


Tod Williams

Tod Williams (born 1943, Detroit, Michigan) received his undergraduate, MFA, and Master of Architecture degrees from Princeton University, New Jersey after graduating from the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills. He is the father of model Rachel Williams and filmmaker Tod "Kip" Williams, both by his first wife, dancer Patricia Agnes Jones, whom he met while studying at Princeton. [3] Williams is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome [4] and serves as a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community. [5] He has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, [6] National Academy, American Philosophical Society (2017), and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Billie Tsien

Billie Tsien (born 1949, Ithaca, New York) received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale University and her M. Arch. from UCLA. She has worked with Williams since 1977 and they have been in partnership since 1986. [7] Tsien is currently President of the Architectural League of New York [8] and Director of the Public Art Fund. [9] She has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy, the American Philosophical Society, [10] and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tsien was one of the recipients of the Visionary Woman Awards presented by Moore College of Art and Design in 2009. [11]


Williams and Tsien have taught at the Cooper Union, Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Texas, City College of New York, Yale University, and University of Chicago.


Williams and Tsien are the recipients of more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects. They received a 2014 International Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the 2013 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. In 2013, each was awarded a National Medal of Arts from President Obama. [12] They have received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Brunner Award, the New York City AIA Medal of Honor, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture, the Municipal Art Society’s Brendan Gill Prize, and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design.

A selection of works

Selected publications

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cranbrook Educational Community</span> Research and museum complex of Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

The Cranbrook Educational Community is an education, research, and public museum complex in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This National Historic Landmark was founded in the early 20th century by newspaper mogul George Gough Booth. It consists of Cranbrook Schools, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Cranbrook House and Gardens. The founders also built Christ Church Cranbrook as a focal point in order to serve the educational complex. However, the church is a separate entity under the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. The sprawling 319-acre (1,290,000 m2) campus began as a 174-acre (700,000 m2) farm, purchased in 1904. The organization takes its name from Cranbrook, England, the birthplace of the founder's father.

The year 2003 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Steven Holl</span> American architect

Steven Holl is a New York-based American architect and watercolorist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Balthazar Korab</span>

Balthazar Korab was a Hungarian-American photographer based in Detroit, Michigan, specializing in architectural, art and landscape photography.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an American interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by four partners – Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartin – who work with a staff of architects, artists, designers, and researchers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Yale School of Architecture</span> Architecture school of Yale University

The Yale School of Architecture (YSoA) is one of the constituent professional schools of Yale University, and is generally considered to be one of the best architecture schools in the United States. The School awards the degrees of Master of Architecture I (M.Arch I), Master of Architecture II (M.Arch II), Master of Environmental Design (M.E.D), and Ph.D in architectural history and criticism. The School also offers joint degrees with the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment, as well as a course of study for undergraduates in Yale College leading to a Bachelor of Arts. Since its founding as a department in 1916, the School has produced some of the world's leading architects, including Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Maya Lin and Eero Saarinen, among others. The current dean of the School is Deborah Berke.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Michael Sorkin</span> American architect (1948–2020)

Michael David Sorkin was an American architectural and urban critic, designer, and educator. He was considered to be "one of architecture's most outspoken public intellectuals", a polemical voice in contemporary culture and the design of urban places at the turn of the twenty-first century. Sorkin first rose to prominence as an architectural critic for the Village Voice in New York City, a post which he held for a decade throughout the 1980s. In the ensuing years, he taught at prominent universities around the world, practiced through his eponymous firm, established a nonprofit book press, and directed the urban design program at the City College of New York. He died at age 71 from complications brought on by COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Huckabee College of Architecture</span> Architecture school at Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University College of Architecture is the college of architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The architecture program has existed at Texas Tech University since 1927. Texas Tech's Master of Architecture is a professional degree and it is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). On November 30, 2022, the school announced it would be named the Huckabee College of Architecture.

Gluckman Tang Architects,, is a New York City–based architecture firm providing services in architecture, planning, and interior design. Established by Richard Gluckman in 1977, the firm focuses on a minimalist design approach.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Neurosciences Institute</span> American scientific research organization

The Neurosciences Institute (NSI) was a small, nonprofit scientific research organization that investigated basic issues in neuroscience. Active mainly between 1981 and 2012, NSI sponsored theoretical, computational, and experimental work on consciousness, brain-inspired robotics, learning and memory, sensory processing, and motor control.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Susana Torre</span> Argentine-born American architect

Susana Torre is an Argentine-born American architect, critic and educator, based in New York City (1968–2008) and in Carboneras, Almeria, Spain. Torre has developed a career that combined “theoretical concerns with the actual practice of building” and architectural and urban design with teaching and writing. Torre was the first woman invited to design a building in Columbus, IN, “a town internationally known for its collection of buildings designed by prominent architects.”

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Deborah Berke Partners</span>

TenBerke is a New York City, based architecture and interior design firm founded and led by Deborah Berke, who concurrently serves as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

George Joseph Ranalli is an American modernist architect, scholar, curator, and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is based in New York City.

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of structural engineering and architecture at Princeton University School of Architecture. Guy has two children, Pierre and Sebastian Nordenson. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1977, followed by a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978. After graduating from UC Berkeley he worked at Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco (1978-1982) and Weidlinger Associates in New York City (1982–1987), before establishing the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners in 1987 where he was a director until leaving in 1997 to begin his own structural engineering practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Toshiko Mori</span> Japanese architect

Toshiko Mori is a Japanese architect and the founder and principal of New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC and Vision Arc. She is also the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1995, she became the first female faculty member to receive tenure at the GSD.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Theodore Galante</span> American architect (born 1963)

Theodore "Ted" Galante is an American architect who has received critical recognition for his designs of university, municipal and key commercial buildings. His clients have included Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Boston University, the New York City Fire Department, City of Boston, and many others.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lauretta Vinciarelli</span> Italian born Architect, artist, educator

Lauretta Vinciarelli was an artist, architect, and professor of architecture at the collegiate level.

Reiser + Umemoto is an architecture firm based in New York City. The firm was co-founded by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Princeton University School of Architecture</span> Architecture school of Princeton University

Princeton University School of Architecture is the name of the school of architecture at Princeton University. Founded in 1919, the School is a center for teaching and research in architectural design, history, and theory. The School offers an undergraduate concentration and advanced degrees at the master's and doctoral levels.

Darcy Miro is an American metal artist from Brooklyn.


  1. "Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects". Architect. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  2. United, Brooklyn. "Tod Williams & Billie Tsien - Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects". Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  3. Keteyian, Armen (1989-03-06). "Follow That Girl". New York . 22 (10): 40–43. ISSN   0028-7369 . Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  4. "Board of Trustees | American Academy in Rome". Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  5. "Board of Trustees 2015-2016". Cranbrook. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  6. "American Academy of Arts and Letters - Current Members". Archived from the original on 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  7. Executive Profile: Billie Tsien Businessweek . Accessed on January 09, 2014.
  8. "The Architectural League of New York | Board of Directors". Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  9., TENDER -. "Public Art Fund : Board & Staff". Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  10. "APS Member History". Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  11. "Visionary Woman Awards History" . Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  12. "National Medal of Arts | NEA". Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  13. "David Geffen Hall - Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  14. Johnson, Sara (January 11, 2018). "Obama Presidential Center". Architect Magazine . Archived from the original on July 27, 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  15. "LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park". Architect Magazine . January 8, 2015. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  16. Edward J. Sozanski (September 10, 2007). "Barnes chooses its design team". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
  17. "Skirkanich Hall". Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  18. Saffron, Inga (10 September 2007). "Barnes chooses its design team". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  19. Pogrebin, Robin (2014-04-15). "Architects Mourn Former Folk Art Museum Building". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2023-04-04.
  20. Williams, Tod (2007). Art and use. Billie Tsien. Buffalo, NY: School of Architecture and Planning, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York. ISBN   978-0-9771057-6-2. OCLC   180765817.
  21. Tsien, Billie; Williams, Tod (2000). Work/Life. Monacelli Press.
  22. Williams, Tod; Tsien, Billie (2010-01-01). "The Physical Space of Science: The Neurosciences Institute and Skirkanich Hall". Cell Cycle. 9 (1): 28–31. doi: 10.4161/cc.9.1.10524 . ISSN   1538-4101. PMID   20037467. S2CID   34950074.
  23. Williams, Tod; Tsien, Billie (1991). "Domestic Arrangements: A Lab Report. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien". Design Quarterly (152): 21–28. doi:10.2307/4091253. ISSN   0011-9415. JSTOR   4091253.
  24. Williams, Tod; Tsien, Billie (1996-01-01). "Peas and Carrots". Oz. 18 (1). doi: 10.4148/2378-5853.1278 . ISSN   2378-5853.
  25. Williams, Tod; Tsien, Billie (2003-01-01). "Talking Houses". Oz. 25 (1). doi: 10.4148/2378-5853.1401 . ISSN   2378-5853.
  26. Tsien, Billie; Williams, Tod (2009). "Roxy Paine". Bomb. New Art Publications. 107: 38–45.
  27. Tsien, Billie (1981). "Liberty". Heresies. Heresies Collective, Inc. 11: 38.