Michael Manfredi

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design and Expert-in-Residence

Michael A. Manfredi is the co-founder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City.

WEISS/MANFREDI is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art. Award-winning projects such as the Olympic Sculpture Park, University of Pennsylvania’s Nanotechnology Center, Barnard College’s Diana Center, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center construct reciprocal relationships between city and nature, architecture and infrastructure. Current projects include a corporate co-location building called “The Bridge” at Cornell Tech’s new campus in New York City, Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds, and the US Embassy in New Delhi, India.

Manfredi was born in Trieste, Italy and grew up in Rome. He received his Master of Architecture at Cornell University, where he studied with Colin Rowe. He is a founding member of the Van Alen Institute, a board member of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

Manfredi has taught at Cornell, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University. He has been honored with the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, Harvard’s International VR Green Urban Design Award, the New York AIA Gold Medal of Honor, and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim Museum. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a National Academy inductee.

Princeton Architectural Press has published three monographs on his firm’s work entitled WEISS/MANFREDI: Surface/Subsurface, Site Specific: The Work of WEISS/MANFREDI Architects, and Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures. A new book, Converging Territories: Island Incubator will be published in 2016 by the Yale School of Architecture.

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