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2009 Eleanore Pettersen Lecture - Cooper Union, April 2

OWA Admin - 3/17/09 10:01AM  |  Share

Women's Work is Never Done

A lecture by Billie Tsien, AIA
Architect, New York City

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 6:30pm
The Great Hall of The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, at 3rd Avenue
New York City

Billie Tsien was born in Ithaca, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale and her Masters in Architecture from UCLA. She has worked with Tod Williams since 1977 and in 1986 they formed the partnership of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Tsien has taught extensively in architectural programs throughout the United States including the Parsons School of Design, Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Current work with Tod Williams includes a new museum for the Barnes
Foundation in Philadelphia, a performing and visual arts center at the
University of Chicago, the Asia Society headquarters in Hong Kong, and an information technology campus in Mumbai, India. Work in New York includes Harmony Atrium, a new ticketing venue and public space for Lincoln Center, two residences, and two new skating rinks in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. She and Tod Williams have received the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the New York City AIA, and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation. The partners have also been honored with The Cooper Hewitt's National Design Award in Architecture and the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York.

Billie Tsien maintains an interest in work that bridges the realms of art
and architecture. She serves on the advisory council for the Wexner Prize, and is a Director of the Public Art Fund and of the Architectural League of New York. Tsien is a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, where she was in residence during 1999.

The Annual Eleanore Pettersen Lecture, established in honor of Cooper
Union alumna Eleanore Pettersen through a generous donation to The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, is dedicated to the voices of women in architecture as a lasting tribute to Ms. Pettersen, her significant impact in the world of architecture and her love of The Cooper Union.

This lecture is sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union with The Architectural League of New York.

Free and open to the public. For more information: 212-353-4220.

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