Archinect - News 2014-11-21T05:40:20-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105424202/tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-presented-with-national-medal-of-arts-by-president-obama Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama Justine Testado 2014-07-30T21:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:41:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39aq7dxzhy81oc7k.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the <a href="http://arts.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.</p><p>President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2b74pgcavthf85q.jpg"></p><p>"Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"</p><p>The list of notable medal recipients also included:</p><ul><li><strong>Julia Alvarez</strong>, Noveli...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/61391926/nea-grant-funds-collection-of-50-women-architects NEA Grant Funds Collection of 50 Women Architects Archinect 2012-11-14T16:43:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T18:05:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zxucbkuzcg7n7nl.jpg" width="299" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to pursue the project recording the accomplishments of 50 women architects practicing before 1980.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has selected a national advisory council of esteemed architectural scholars to oversee the selection of women architects for the foundation&rsquo;s new special collection, &ldquo;Making a Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture.&rdquo; The creation of the advisory council is pursuant to BWAF&rsquo;s application for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) matching Art Works grant of $35,000. The NEA awarded the grant to BWAF earlier this year to support the project.</p> <p> The NEA&rsquo;s Art Works grants aid the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The special collection will honor women architects active prior to 1980 and, for the first time, document their contributions to the profession.</p> <p> Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the NEA, said, &ldquo;The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it&rsquo;s...</p>