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CAP Sappenfield Lecturer Billie Tsien

Contributed by: Valerie Morris
Published: Friday, 02 March 2018 2:00 PM
Join Us for Our Sappenfield Guest Lecturer

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Midtown Manhattan, NY

MARCH 19, 2018
There will be an Open Reception prior to the lecture from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Architecture atrium.

Billie and her partner Tod Williams co-founded their architectural practice in 1986. Located in Midtown Manhattan, their 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. They believe architecture is the coming together of art and use. 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 they design. From the early sketches through construction completion, Billie and Tod are personally involved in every project our studio takes on.

Over the past three decades they have received numerous national and international citations. Outside the studio, they are active participants in the cultural community and have long-standing associations with many arts organizations. Parallel to their practice, they maintain active academic careers and lecture worldwide. As both educators and practitioners, they are deeply committed to making a better world through architecture.

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More than 50 years ago, Charles Sappenfield, the founding dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, established a longstanding tradition of inviting world-renowned architects, landscape architects, and urban planners to campus. Sappenfield brought such extraordinary figures as Louis Kahn, Daniel Urban Kiley, Buckminster Fuller, Richard Meier, and Cesar Pelli to our campus to lecture and work with students—giving students the unparalleled opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in each discipline.
Sappenfield built a school with rigorous design studio standards and access to notable scholars and prominent architects, planners, and designers. He laid the framework for exposing students to world travel and conveyed the importance of making a difference in our community.
Today, we continue to honor the founding dean with the annual Charles M. Sappenfield Guest Lecture Series. Sappenfield’s vision to advance education for the profession and provide opportunities to students continues with this lecture series, by bringing top designers like Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, and Jeanne Gang to campus to inspire future generations.