Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi: Converging Territories

Rendering of The Bridge, a building on Roosevelt Island's Tech campus

The Bridge at Cornell Tech. rendering / provided

L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture

Weiss/Manfredi's enduring interest in an expanded territory for architecture, freed from the constraints of disciplinary boundaries, informs the trajectory of their practice. Their multidisciplinary work focuses on creating more productive connections between architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and art. During the L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture at AAP NYC, cofounders Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (M.Arch. '80) will provide an overview of their recent work and introduce a current project, The Bridge, a building on Cornell Tech's groundbreaking new Roosevelt Island campus. As the first colocation center on the campus, this building defines a new programmatic typology that fuses entrepreneurial and academic ambitions.

Weiss/Manfredi's projects are noted for clarity of vision, bold and iconic forms, and material innovation. Notable projects include the Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park, the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, the Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, the Barnard College Diana Center, and the recently completed Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. In addition to The Bridge, the firm is currently designing the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

The firm's work has been recognized with an Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League's Emerging Voices Award, and the New York AIA Gold Medal. Their work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim Museum. Princeton Architectural Press has published three monographs on their work: WEISS/MANFREDI: Surface/Subsurface, Site Specific, and, most recently, Public Natures.

Manfredi is a senior design critic at Harvard University and Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. They have also taught design studios at Cornell University, Yale University as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professors, Harvard University, and Princeton University. Both are fellows of the AIA and National Academy inductees.