Some time ago we visited New York City based Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, to interview founding principals Marion Wesis and Michael Manfredi. The multidisciplinary firm has distinguished themselves with their holistic design approach, successfully integrating the disciplines of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design.
One of their well-known works, the Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum, was the winning design of an international competition. Weiss/Manfredi conceptualized it to be a new model for an urban sculpture park. The design transformed a contaminated brownfield into a public park space in downtown Seattle, and extended the museum into the landscape of the city. The Olympic Sculpture Park has been such a successful design that it has become a case study for further urban landscapes.
The firm ahas continued to succeed with their design concepts, as seen in their participation in the St. Louis Arch The City + The Arch + The River International competition. Among the most prominent architects, Weiss/Manfredi was selected as a finalist in this competition.
In 2007 Weiss/Manfredi received the AIA Gold Medal of Honor, New York Chapter. Their work has been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally receiving numerous awards and garnering competitions. They have also been featured at the Museum of Modem Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, and the Sao Paolo Biennale of International Architecture and Design.
Their work can also be found on two monographs: and Surface Sub Surface.
Weiss/Manfredi projects previously featured in ArchDaily: