Keeping Quiet: Architect Billie Tsien

Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia which opened to the public in May 2012. Photos by Michael Moran.

How is the concept of silence expressed in the design of a space? In this talk, architect Billie Tsien explores a common thread in her firm’s projects: quiet strength. Tsien shares current and past work--particularly museum projects—revealing her philosophy of weight, mass, and the use of natural light and landscape, and her non-architectural inspirations. With partner Tod Williams, Tsien formed Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City in 1986. Their compelling body of work includes the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, Cranbrook Natatorium in Michigan, and the Asia Society in Hong Kong. Projects in construction include an arts center at the University of Chicago, technology campus in Mumbai, India, and two new skating rinks for Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Projects in design include the new United States Embassy Compound in Mexico City.

Presented by the IMA Design Arts Society with support from the Evans Woollen Memorial Lecture Fund.

Design Arts Society invites you to join us following the lecture for a festive dinner to honor our special guest, Billie Tsien, and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Department of Design Arts.

Keeping Quiet: Architect Billie Tsien Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN