[WEBCAST] Architecture as Vision: In Conversation with Tod Williams and Billie TsienVIEW EVENT DETAILS
In 2011, the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre opened on the steep slope of former Explosives Magazine at the Victoria Barracks. The once deserted colonial legacy was turned into a local cultural gem, and the original military structures were maintained and redefined, incorporated into the modern architecture. The architects envision it to be a dynamic meeting point, linking the West with the East, as well as the urban and nature. In the upcoming webinar, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will share their initial impressions on the ASHK site, which they first visited 20 years ago. In addition, the pair will talk about their ongoing projects, including the Obama Presidential Center, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
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Tod Williams and Billie Tsien founded their New York City based firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners in 1986. Their practice is committed to reflecting the values of non-profit, cultural and academic institutions toward an architecture of enduring vision. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all, experience, are at the heart of what they design. In addition to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center some of their notable projects include the Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Their current work includes the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the renovation of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, Chicago.
A licensed architect in both the US and Hong Kong, Florence Chan joined the NY-based architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC in 2007, before relocating to their Hong Kong Office in 2008. Since then she has been involved in a series of mixed-use projects, with special interest on super tall buildings in Asia. Her recently completed works include Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong, Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, as well as CTF Center in Guangzhou. In addition to practicing architecture, Chan is the Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
S. Alice Mong is the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK). Prior to ASHK, she worked in New York for almost a decade in the non-profit sector in senior management position. While in New York, Ms. Mong was the Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) from 2009 till 2011. Ms. Mong left MOCA in July 2011 after successfully transforming the museum from a New York Chinatown institution to become the leading national museum. Ms. Mong also served as the Executive Director for the Committee of 100 in the United States, a Chinese-American non-profit membership organization founded by architect, I.M. Pei and cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Prior to New York, Ms. Mong worked in Hong Kong from 1992 to 2002.
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