WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art. The firm’s projects are noted for clarity of vision, bold and iconic forms, and material
innovation. Named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, WEISS/MANFREDI’s distinct vision was recognized with the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Additional honors include the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal and the New York AIA Gold Medal. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were recently inducted into the National Academy of Design.
The firm’s design for the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, awarded by international competition, integrates art, architecture, and ecology in a new model for waterfront development. Exhibited in the “Groundswell” show at The Museum of Modern Art, the project has won a World Architecture Festival ‘Nature’ Award, Progressive Architecture Award, AIA Awards, ASLA Honor Award, EDRA Places Award, and was the first North American project to be awarded Harvard University’s International V.R. Green Prize in Urban Design.
The award-winning Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology recently opened to the public at the University of Pennsylvania. This state-of-the-art lab facility brings together researchers from across disciplines in a welcoming new gateway to campus. The firm recently won a design competition for the Co-Location Building, the second building to appear on Cornell NYC Tech’s groundbreaking new technology campus in New York City. The building will create a new academic model for technology and research, innovation and professional exchange creating a multidisciplinary incubator for the campus. WEISS/MANFREDI is currently engaged in the Design Excellence program with the Department of State to re-envision American embassies abroad.
Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, located on the East River in New York, weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture into a new model of urban ecology. The firm’s Visitor Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, winner of the Award for Excellence in Design by the NYC Public Design Commission and a National ASLA Honor Award, is conceived as a seamless extension of the Garden’s path system. The sinuous building nests into an existing hillside, offering a new sequence of views into and through the historic Garden. Other built works include the Barnard College Diana Center in New York, New York, winner of a National AIA Honor Award; the Office Building and Visitor Reception at Novartis’s North American Headquarters; the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York; the Smith College Campus Center in Northampton, Massachusetts; and the Women’s Memorial and Education Center at Arlington National Cemetery—winner of a Federal Design Architectural Award and a National AIA Honor Award.
WEISS/MANFREDI won a national competition with OLIN to redesign the Sylvan Theater, an integrated outdoor amphitheater at the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Additional urban design studies include the NYC 2012 Olympic Rowing Venues, a redesign of New York City’s Columbus Circle, commissioned by the Municipal Arts Society, and the Brooklyn Bridge Master Plan to develop design strategies for Lower Manhattan areas affected by the events of September 11th. WEISS/MANFREDI’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the National Building Museum, Max Protetch Gallery, the Architectural League of New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Essen Germany Design Center, the São Paulo International Biennial, the European Landscape Biennial, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Original charcoal drawings of the Olympic Sculpture Park are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art.