Lecture: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi
- March 14, 2019
- 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
- LIB-72: Library Building, 350 Victoria Street
- Open To
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of WEISS/MANFREDI
This Annual Margery Winkler Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the Hemson Simpson Lecture Series at the Ryerson School of Urban & Regional Planning
Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationship 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 recently recognized with Cooper Hewitt's prestigious National Design Award for Architecture. Additional honours include the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal, the New York AIA Gold Medal, and the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The firm's design for the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park 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 Award, an I.D. Magazine Environments Award, a Progressive Architecture Award, three AIA Awards, an ASLA Honor Award, and an EDRA Places Award, and was the first North American project to win Harvard University's International V.R. Green Prize in Urban Design. The award-winning Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, located on the East River in Queens, New York, recently opened to the public. Surrounded by water on three sides, the integrated park design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture into a model of urban ecology and a resilient, multi-layered cultural destination.
WEISS/MANFREDI was the winner of a national competition with OLIN to redesign the Sylvan Theater, an integrated outdoor amphitheatre at the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C. The firm's Visitor Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, winner of a National ASLA Honor Award, is conceived as a seamless extension of the Garden's path system, offering a new sequence of views into and through the historic Garden. The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, a state-of-the-art lab facility that brings together researchers across disciplines, is a welcoming new gateway to campus. Other built works include the Barnard College Diana Center, the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech, the Museum of the Earth, and the Women's Memorial and Education Center at Arlington National Cemetery.
The firm has won numerous awards and competitions and has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Building Museum, the Essen Design Centre in Germany, the Louvre Museum, and the Venice Biennale. Princeton Architectural Press has published three monographs on their work including PUBLIC NATURES: Evolutionary Infrastructures.