They see architecture as an act of profound optimism. Its foundation lies in believing that it is possible to make places on the earth that can give a sense of grace to life – and believing that matters. It is what the studio have to give and it is what they leave behind.
They had wrote this philosophy years ago and the team still believe in it even more deeply today. Their work value is measure by the quiet pleasure of the lives that lived in their buildings. Solve problems and to transcend solutions it’s Tod Williams and Billie Tsien teammission, trying always to work with a thoughtful integrity to make buildings that will last and be loved.
The studio wishes to leave good marks upon this earth and their work comes from two voices and many voices.
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien began working together in 1977 and had co-founded their practice in 1986, located in Midtown Manhattan. The studio focus its work on institutions, like schools, museums and not-profits; organizations; and people, that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty.
The duo believes that architecture is the coming together of art and use. That’s the reason why their 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 the team designs.
Tod and Billie are personally involved in each project from the first sketches to the completion of construction and they maintain active teaching careers and lecture world wide.
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