Award-winning architect Billie Tsien “A Building is a Verb”
Acclaimed architect Billie Tsien, Leading Women in the Arts guest-artist in residence, once attended a lecture where the writer Seamus Heaney was quoted as saying that as he got older he felt more like a noun than a verb. Tsien started to think about architecture and decided that for her and her partner, Tod Williams, buildings are verbs.
Their work is less and less interested in buildings as objects (nouns) and more and more interested in buildings as experiences (verbs). Tsien will present several of their recent projects including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the process of crafting these experiences.