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Billie Tsien at Arts Center March 5


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Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia
  • Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

The Architecture and Design Network is bringing in famed architect Billie Tsien to lecture at the Arkansas Arts Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. (The original post said March 7; Tuesday is the 5th. Apologies.)

Tsien and her her husband, Tod Williams, were the architects for the 93,000-square-foot Barnes Foundation museum in Philadelphia, the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the David Rubinstein Atrium of New York’s Lincoln Center, the American Folk Art Museum in New York and many other distinguished buildings. There will be a reception at 5:30 before her talk, "HEART/HAND."

From the press release:

Born in Ithaca New York, Billie Tsien received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale and her Master in Architecture from UCLA. Currently, in addition to practicing, teaching and lecturing, she serves on the advisory council for the Yale School of Architecture. In 2007 Tsien was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Tsien and her husband, Tod Williams, have been working together since 1977. Their firm, which operates out of a small, unpretentious studio on Central Park South in New York City, has earned wide acclaim for its work. This past December, the American Institute of Architects awarded the firm its prestigious 2013 Architecture Firm Award in recognition of work that “reveals a contemporary sensibility and intelligence.” Given annually, the award is the highest honor the AIA bestows on a firm. It recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.

Architecture and Design Network includes the Arkansas Arts Center, the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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