Tod Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree and Master of Fine Arts and Architecture degree from Princeton University. Williams has worked with Billie Tsien since 1977, and in 1986 they formed the partnership of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City.
The partnership’s compelling body of work includes the American Folk Art Museum in New York; the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California; Cranbrook Natatorium in Michigan; Skirkanich Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, a conference center at Bennington College; the Asia Society in Hong Kong; and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
Projects under construction include a performing and visual arts center at the University of Chicago; a dormitory at Haverford College; an information technology campus for Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India; two new skating rinks for Brooklyn’s Prospect Park; the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University; and an addition to Savidge Library at the MacDowell Colony. Projects in design include an addition and renovation to the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College as well as the New United States Embassy Compound in Mexico City.
In addition to practicing, teaching, and lecturing, Williams is a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community. He received an advanced fellowship from the American Academy in Rome in 1982, and in 1992 he was made a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2007, Williams was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.