Michael Manfredi: Surface/Subsurface

Architecture Department Fall 2009 Lecture Series

Michael Manfredi is a partner at Weiss/Manfredi with Marion Weiss. Weiss/Manfredi’s Olympic Sculpture Park won the 2007 VR Green Prize, an international award given to one project in the world every two years. Known for the integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape, Weiss/Manfredi has won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Academy Award in Architecture, AIA New York’s Gold Medal, the Architectural League of New York’s “Emerging Voices” award, and numerous international design competitions including the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Korea’s Taekwondo Cultural Park, and the Barnard College Nexus, scheduled to open in 2009. His firm’s projects have been featured in the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennial of International Architecture and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Culture Now” Triennial, and the National Building Museum. Princeton Architectural Press has published two monographs on their work: Site Specific: the Work of Weiss/Manfredi Architects and the recent Weiss/Manfredi: Surface/Subsurface.

Manfredi has taught at a number of institutions including Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Cornell University where he was the Gensler Visiting Professor of Architecture. Born in Italy, he was educated at the University of Notre Dame. He won the Paris Prize and continued his studies with Colin Rowe at Cornell where he received his master of architecture. He was a Cornell University Fellow and recipient of the Eidlitz Award. He is a founding trustee of the Van Alen Institute, a trustee at Storefront for Art and Architecture, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.