Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Receive National Medal of Arts

Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have received the National Medal of Arts, the U.S. government's highest award given to artists and art patrons. The pair, who founded Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in 1986, was selected for their contributions to architecture and arts education and were honored individually.

Williams, Tsien, and the other National Medal of Arts and Humanities winners were honored July 25 in Washington, D.C.  President Barack Obama presented the medals in the White House's East Room.

"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," according to statement about the architects.

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to architect Tod Williams in a White House ceremony on July 28, 2014. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to architect Billie Tsien in a White House ceremony on July 28, 2014. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Notable projects by Williams and Tsien include the American Folk Art Museum in New York, two additions to the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, and the David Rubenstein Atrium at New York's Lincoln Center. They also teach and lecture worldwide.

To view the complete list of recipients, click here.