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.
November 8, 2007
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are partners in the New York based firm Weiss/Manfredi. In this excerpt from their lecture at Donnell Auditorium in New York City, Weiss and Manfredi discuss their design of the Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, Washington.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:30pm
Response by Dean Amale Andraos and Justin Davidson, New York Magazine
Weiss/Manfredi Cofounders Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi present a catalogue of cutting-edge work, from the Diana Center of Barnard College to waterfront park in Long Island City, art museum in Seattle, Washington, and a visitors center for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, of which Barry Bergdoll described entering in their forthcoming publication Public Natures: "is to experience firsthand, viscerally and visually, the stakes of a debate that refuse precedence—of either nature vs. building in the city, of individual vs. collective in the creation of space for museum education and gatherings amid the strolling paths of the garden, or of architecture vs. landscape design."
Marion Weiss characterizes one of the motivations behind the work of Weiss/Manfredi as frustration with the boundaries between architecture, landscape, infrastructure and urbanism. She contrasts closed, “perfect” circles of fortified cities past and present, with open-ended, multivalent architectural interventions in urban space and site condition. Weiss describes projects by Weiss/Manfredi that stress synthesis, infrastructure and networked occasions, from the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, to recent and forthcoming projects such as the Bridge at Cornell NYC Tech, Roosevelt Island, and the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument.
0:24 Introduction by Richard Sommer
7:25 Marion Weiss presentation
59:43 Q & A
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design welcomed award-winning architect Marion Weiss - of the internationally acclaimed firm Weiss / Manfredi in New York - to speak as part of the bulthaup lecture series on February 12, 2013.
Weiss / Manfredi is a New-York-City-based multidisciplinary design practice known for its integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. Co-founded by Weiss and her partner Michael Manfredi, the firm's cross-disciplinary approach is exemplified in one of its most well-known projects: Olympic Sculpture Park, which Time Magazine named one of the top 10 projects in the world. In addition to receiving other awards, the park was the first project in North America to win Harvard University's Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design.
In 1997, Weiss and Manfredi were named one of North America's "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York, and in 2004 they received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The team was awarded New York City AIA Gold Medal of Honor in 2007.
Weiss received her Master of Architecture at Yale University, where she won the American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award and the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Traveling Fellowship. She has taught design studios at Yale and Cornell University. Since 1991, she has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn School of Design where she is currently the Graham Professor of Architecture.
Current projects include the Taekwondo Park in Muju, Korea; a new university campus in East Africa; and the Hunters Point South Waterfront Park on the East River in NYC. Weiss / Manfredi's work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modem Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the National Building Museum, and the Design Center in Essen, Germany.
The Daniels Faculty would like to thank bulthaup Toronto for its generous sponsorship of this lecture: www.toronto.bulthaup.com
For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca