Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, “Evolutionary Infrastructures”
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City known for their integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. Weiss/Manfredi received the Academy Award in Architecture, an award given annually by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, acknowledging the distinct vision of the firm. They were also named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York and the firm won the New York City AIA Gold Medal of Honor.
Their Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum, the winner of an international competition, was recognized as the Nature category winner at Barcelona’s World Architecture Festival, won the Best in Category by the I.D. Magazine Environments Design Awards, and was the first North American project to be awarded Harvard University’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design.
The recently opened Diana Center, a new multi-use arts building at Barnard College, is the winner of a national design competition and a Progressive Architecture Award, the center establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life for the campus and city.
Weiss/Manfredi recently won the international competition to design the Taekwondo Park in Muju, Korea, and is working on a new campus for Aga Khan University in East Africa, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. The firm has won numerous awards and competitions and has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modem Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale of International Architecture and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the National Building Museum, Harvard University, The International Landscape Architecture Biennale in Barcelona, and the Design Center in Essen, Germany. Their first monograph Site Specific and the more recent Weiss/Manfredi: Surface/Subsurface were published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Marion Weiss received her Master of Architecture at Yale University and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. At Yale she won the American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award and the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Traveling Fellowship. She has taught design studios at Yale University, Cornell University, and since 1991 has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn School of Design, where she is currently the Graham Professor of Architecture.
Michael Manfredi received his Master of Architecture at Cornell University, where he studied with Colin Rowe. There, he won the Paris Prize and the Eidlitz Fellowship. He has taught design studios at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. He was the founding chairman of the Van Alen Institute and is currently a board member of the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. He is the Gensler Visiting Professor at Cornell University.
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