Tod Williams & Billie Tsien
We began working together in 1977 and co-founded our architectural practice in 1986. Located in Midtown Manhattan, our studio focuses on work for institutions including schools, museums, and not-for-profits—organizations and people that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty. We believe that architecture is the coming together of art and use. Our buildings are carefully made from the inside out to be functional in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all, experience, are at the heart of what we design. From the early sketches through construction completion, we are personally involved in every project our studio takes on.
Over the past three decades we have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects as well as numerous national and international citations. Outside the studio, we are active participants in the cultural community and have long-standing associations with many arts organizations. Parallel to our practice, we maintain active academic careers and lecture worldwide. As both educators and practitioners, we are deeply committed to making a better world through architecture.