Billie Tsien: Thing, Anti Thing

Billie Tsien was born in Ithaca, New York in 1949. She received undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale in 1971 and her Master in Architecture from UCLA in 1977. She has taught at Parsons, Yale, Harvard GSD, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania. She shares with Tod Williams the Louis I. Kahn chair at Yale University.

She has worked with Williams since 1977 and has been in partnership with him since 1986.

Tsien and Williams have received 8 National AIA Awards for their works including The Williams Natatorium at the Cranbrook School, The Rifkind residence, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California and American Folk Art Museum in New York City

Her other completed projects include residences in New York City, Southampton and Phoenix, and Herford College Dormitory, dining facility at the University of Virginia, two Major additions to the Phoenix Art Museum and the Mattin Arts Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Tsien is the recipient with Williams of 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 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture an the President's Medal from the Architectural League.

Billie Tsien has an interest in work that bridges art and architecture. She is on the advisory panel for the Wexner Prize. She is on board of the Public Art Fund Architectural League, and the American Academy in Rome.

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