Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
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WEISS/MANFREDI is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, art, and campus design. 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 recognized with the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Additional honors include the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal and the New York AIA Gold Medal.
As architects and teachers, we are stimulated by the opportunity to create campus buildings that foster dynamic relationships between social and educational spaces. Their Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology recently opened to the public at the University of Pennsylvania. This state-of-the-art lab facility brings together researchers across disciplines in a welcoming new gateway to campus. Other built works include the Smith College Campus Center, the Barnard College Diana Center, Museum of the Earth, and the Women’s Memorial and Education Center at Arlington National Cemetery.
Weiss/Manfredi believes architecture has the capacity to interweave art, design, and ecology to reinvigorate cities and create sustainable campus settings. 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, I.D. Magazine Environments Award, Progressive Architecture Award, AIA Awards, ASLA Honor Award, EDRA Places Award, and was the first North American project to win Harvard University’s International V.R. Green Prize in Urban Design. The firm’s new Visitor Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a recent winner of a National ASLA Honor Award, and the award-winning Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, located on the East River in Queens, recently opened to the public.
WEISS/MANFREDI recently won a national competition with OLIN to redesign the Sylvan Theater, an integrated outdoor amphitheater at the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C.
The firm recently won a design competition for the Corporate Co-Location Building, the second building to appear on Cornell NYC Tech’s groundbreaking new technology campus in New York City. The building will create a new academic model for technology and research, innovation and professional exchange creating a multidisciplinary incubator for the campus. WEISS/MANFREDI is currently engaged in the Design Excellence program with the Department of State to renew American embassies and consulates throughout the world.
The firm has won numerous awards and competitions and has been featured in exhibitions at The Museum of Modem Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale of International Architecture and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the National Building Museum, The International Landscape Architecture Biennale in Barcelona, and the Design Center in Essen, Germany. Princeton Architectural Press has published two monographs on their work entitled WEISS/MANFREDI: Surface/Subsurface and Site Specific: The Work of WEISS/MANFREDI Architects. A new book, Public Natures, published by Princeton Architectural Press is forthcoming in 2015.