The firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects—a husband-wife team acclaimed for their elegant modernism, sensitivity to context and innovative use of materials—designed the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The New York-based firm is among the most celebrated and critically-acclaimed firms in the world of contemporary architecture. Recently elected as fellows to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, their projects include the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, Johns Hopkins University’s Mattin Student Art Center in Baltimore, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, Skirkanich Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Cranbrook Natatorium in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 2002, the American Folk Art Museum received the Arup World Architecture Award for “Best Building in the World.” In a feature about their work in Architectural Record, Clifford A. Pearson writes, “They have developed a practice known for its lyrical designs that bring out the humanity in institutional buildings and highlights the poetic in residential ones.”
Tod Williams received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1965. He studied Architecture at Cambridge University in 1966 and received his Master’s of Fine Arts and Architecture from Princeton in 1967. He taught at the Cooper Union from 1974 to 1989, and has held a number of visiting professorships at schools of architecture. In 1982 he received an Advanced Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Williams held the Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair at the University of Texas Chair in Austin in 1995, the Eliel Saarinen Chair at the University of Michigan in 2002, the Louis I. Kahn Chair at Yale in 2003 and 2005, and the Thomas Jefferson Chair in 2004 at the University of Virginia. In 1992, he was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Williams started his career by working for Richard Meier from 1967 to 1973 and has been registered since 1972. He has been principal of his own firm since 1977 and formed the partnership of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in 1986.
Billie Tsien received her 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 Graduate School of Design, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Pennsylvania. She shares with Tod Williams the Louis I. Kahn chair at Yale University. Tsien serves on the advisory panel for the Wexner Prize and on the boards of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League, and the American Academy in Rome. She is the recipient with Tod Williams of the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects New York City chapter, the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation, the Cooper Hewitt national Design Award in Architecture, and the President’s Medal from the Architect League.