ARCHITECT BILLIE TSIEN RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE DURING 2022 OPENING OF BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE
She has been recognized and celebrated with accolades including President Obama’s National Medal of Arts, Thomas Jefferson Medal Architecture Prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, the 2013 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects, and the 2019 Praemium Imperiale presented by the Japan Art Association, among others.
Billie’s commitment and contributions to creating a more resilient, beautiful, and diverse world are evident in many high-profile projects, including the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, Chicago; TATA Consulting Services – Banyan Park, Mumbai, India; The Barnes Foundation, philadelphia cream; The Lefrak Center in Edge of the lake in Prospect Park, brooklyn; The Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Admiralty, hong kong; and the United States Embassy in Mexico City.
The 2013 National Medal of Arts award citation presented by President Obama noted: “Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and their spirit of service inspired young people to pursue their passions.”
Her practice is committed to reflecting the values of non-profit, cultural and academic institutions towards an architecture of sustainable vision. In anticipation of his keynote address, Billie Tsien said, “I have long admired the teaching process at BAC, which combines hands-on experience with studio experience. Students learn both to solve problems and to imagine new ways of solving those problems. It is an education of roots and wings.
Parallel to her practice, Billie teaches Yale University as Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, and is a dedicated participant in the wider cultural community. She is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome, and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 2021, Billie was appointed by President Biden to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, as the first Asian American and woman to serve as its chair. She is unwavering in her mission to create a better world through architecture and to support a broader and more diverse cultural landscape. Previous BAC winners include Balkrishna Doshi, William J. Bates, Martha Schwartz, Robert J Vilaand Moshe Safdie.
Founded in 1889, Boston Architectural College (BAC) is an internationally recognized institution with a diverse population of students and alumni representing more than 54 countries. Offering excellence in teaching design integrated with practice, BAC has been ranked #1 for Best Graduate School of Architecture for Earning Potential and #4 for Best School of Architecture Offering Degrees in licensed in the United States in 2020 by GradReports. The BAC offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, design studies as well as certificates and continuing education courses. BAC champions the importance of inclusive admission, diversity, innovation, dedicated faculty, and the intrinsic value of academic and experiential education.
SOURCE Boston College of Architecture