NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) is hosting internationally acclaimed architect Billie Tsien as a guest lecturer on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego. The lecture, entitled "Inside Out," is open to the public and will focus on how Tsien's design process progresses from concept to reality. She will also touch on how user experience heavily influences her work while providing advice and key learnings gleaned from her extensive design experience.
Tsien studied fine arts at Yale University and received her Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. Her career took off in 1977, when she began working with fellow architect Tod Williams. Together, they established their architectural practice Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners in 1986. The studio produces work for institutions of all kinds, with a focus on organizations and people who value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty.

Recently, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chose Billie Tsien and Tod Williams as the architects to design their upcoming Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. In addition to her work for the firm, Tsien maintains an active academic career and participates in lectures across the globe.

"We are honored to host Billie Tsien as our first lecturer of the season," said Marvin J. Malecha, president and chief academic officer of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. "As both an educator and leader in design, Billie displays a deep commitment to making the world a better place through architecture. She has a poetic approach to architecture, and her voice and influence is one we deeply value in educating our students."

Community and press are invited to attend this free lecture. Due to the extreme popularity of this lecture, NewSchool asks that all attendees RSVP. For more information on how to register, please visit: