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About the Architects

Dartmouth has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design a major expansion and renovation of its Hood Museum of Art. 

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

Architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams. Photo by Eli Burakian, Dartmouth College Photographer.

Line drawing of the new north façade and plaza

Line drawing of the new north façade and plaza of the Hood Museum of Art.

Todd Williams and Billie Tsien with members of the Hood staff in the conference room looking over the building plans. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams discuss the building plans with members of the Hood staff. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Selection Process

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was selected from among four architectural firms who were invited through a request-for-proposal process. The selection committee included representatives from the Hood Museum of Art, the division of Campus Planning and Facilities, the Office of the Provost, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Office of Planning and Design, and the Office of Project Management. 

The Architects

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are internationally acclaimed architects recognized for their rich modernist and meditative style and their vast portfolio of cultural and institutional buildings. The couple received the 2013 American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award and the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2014.

Among their many notable projects, Williams and Tsien have designed:

  • The American Folk Art Museum, New York City
  • The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
  • The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
  • The Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong

Tsien has a personal connection to the Hood Museum of Art: the museum’s original architect, Charles Moore, was her thesis advisor at the Yale School of Architecture.

“Williams and Tsien have presented us with an inspired design that will transform the Hood in many ways, making it a front door for the arts at Dartmouth,” says President Hanlon. “Their plan puts our teaching mission front and
center where it belongs and presents an ideal environment for experiential learning, one that will make the Hood a national model teaching museum for the 21st century.” 

Read an interview with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien about the Hood Museum of Art commission.

Press Coverage Related to the Architects

July 1, 2016, Architectural Digest, "Architects Chosen for Obama's Presidential Library and Museum"

April 21, 2012, Valley News, “Dartmouth Picks Architect for Hood Expansion” (PDF)

April 20, 2012, Union Leader, “Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art to see major expansion” (PDF)

April 20, 2012, Architectural Record, “Williams Tsien on a Roll”

April 20, 2012, Artdaily.org, “Dartmouth selects Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design Hood Museum expansion and renovation”

April 19, 2012, Gallerist NY, “Williams Tsien Will Design Hood Museum Expansion Project at Dartmouth”

April 19, 2012, Art in America, “Dartmouth Names an Architect for Hood Museum Expansion”

April 19, 2012, Hyperallergic, “New Architects for Dartmouth Museum Announced”

April 18, 2012, The New York Times, “Dartmouth Chooses Architects for Revamping of Art Museum”

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