NewSchool to Host World-Renowned Architect Billie Tsien as Guest Lecturer at Spreckels Theatre

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SAN DIEGO – October 18, 2016 – NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) is pleased to host 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:

For more information on NewSchool of Architecture and Design, or to arrange an interview with Billie Tsien, please contact Rachael Lighty at or 410.218.6055.

About NewSchool of Architecture & Design:

Located in San Diego’s design district, NewSchool of Architecture & Design prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. Programs include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, design studies, and interior architecture and design. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. NewSchool’s Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate Education, Inc. is a public benefit corporation. Both Laureate and NewSchool also both completed a rigorous, independent assessment to become a Certified B Corp®. Through collaborations with sister institutions in the Laureate network, including Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, NewSchool students are prepared to work in global and diverse organizations. For more information, visit and

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