Tod Williams And Billie Tsien To Receive 38th Annual Thomas Jefferson
Medal In Architecture At The University Of Virginia
January 21, 2003--
Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, celebrated educators
and architects, will receive the 38th annual
Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture and give a talk at the
University of Virginia during its Founder’s Day celebration
on Friday, April 11.
public lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall auditorium.
An accompanying exhibition of their work will be held in the Elmaleh
Gallery at the School of Architecture.
are so pleased to honor Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s outstanding
contributions in the field of architecture, architectural education
and public service with the Thomas Jefferson Medal,” said
Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture. “This
internationally known practice is celebrated for its institutional
and residential projects, as well as its exhibition design. Their
work is characterized by a strong formal presence thoughtfully integrated
into the landscape and with particular attention to new materials
and Tsien, founding partners of the New York architectural firm
TWBTA, have designed and built such buildings as, The Whitney Museum
of American Art’s Downtown Branch in New York City, the Neurosciences
Institute in La Jolla, Calif., which was awarded a National American
Institute of Architects Honor Award, and Hereford College at U.Va.
projects include several residences in New York City, Southampton,
New York and Phoenix, Ariz., the Natatorium at the Cranbrook School
in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., The Museum of Folk Art in New York City,
which was named the Best New Building in the World by World Architecture
magazine in 2002, and The Student Arts Center at John Hopkins University
and Tsien received the Brunner Award from the American Academy of
Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the New York City American
Institute of Architects, several National American Institute of
Architects awards, and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.
architects bring a desire to cross disciplinary boundaries in their
teaching and practice, often performing extensive experiments on
materials that result in innovative and unique applications.
work bridges different worlds – across theory and practice;
across architecture and the fine arts,” reads a TWBTA statement.
internationally acclaimed design for The Museum of Folk Art in New
York City, for example, covers the building in plates of thombasil,
a white bronze alloy. In order to create the look of a hand-tooled
surface, meant to reflect the work housed in the museum, Williams
and Tsien worked with various artists and craftsmen on alternatives
for molding the metal before collaborating on a sand mold taken
from concrete and steel to provide the desired effect.
received his undergraduate and master of fine arts and architecture
degrees from Princeton University. He began his career working for
Richard Meier from 1967-1973.
received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and a master
of architecture degree from University of California at Los Angeles.
have taught at Harvard, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons
School of Design, Southern California Institute of Architecture
and the University of Texas at Austin, among others.
held the Thomas Jefferson Chair in the department of architecture
at the U.Va. in 1990.
Jefferson Medal in Architecture and its counterpart in law recognize
lasting contributions in fields that deeply interested the University’s
founder. They are the highest outside honors offered by U.Va., which
grants no honorary degrees.
awards are sponsored jointly by the University and the Thomas Jefferson
more information, contact Derry Voysey at (434) 982-2921 or email@example.com.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298