2018 AIA Interior Architecture Award recipients

Impactful building interiors make their mark on the cities, places, and spaces where we live and work.

The 2018 Interior Architecture program celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces. Impactful building interiors make their mark on the cities, places, and spaces where we live and work. View the 2018 recipients >


Featured interview: Billie Tsien, AIA

Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
By: Annie Chu
Professor of Interior Architecture: Woodbury University
The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors awarded the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, who blend exquisite care for detail with subtle, reverent architecture that's both timeless in its abstracted, meditative forms and materially specific to context and place. The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm, and recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years…

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects respect the Modernist legacy of orthogonal, functional minimalism, but place it in a wider context of earthen, material richness. A married team of architects that have been working together since 1977 and formed their New York City-based practice in 1986, Tod Williams, and Billie Tsien have used the intervening decades to design a celebrated portfolio of overwhelmingly public cultural and institutional buildings: university facilities, libraries, museums, etc.  As such, their design language embodies the idealized traits of the body politic: contemplative, enlightened, humble, eloquent, granular, and diverse in its individual details, but unified in purpose and intent. It's a tactile Modernism where the form persists, but the experiential palette of sight and touch deliver the subtlest murmurs of geographic and cultural specificity.  "Mr. Williams and Ms.Tsien practice a kinder, gentler Modernism with an enormous sensitivity to materials and textures, and a particular affinity for crafts," wrote the Wall Street Journal's Ada Louise Huxtable, Hon. AIA.


Read the full interview with Billie Tsien.

Other IAKC interviews: Clarence KwanLauren Rottet / Clive Wilkinson / Todd DeGarmo / Rand Elliot

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