Marion Weiss

Graham Chair Professor of Architecture


B.S. Arch., University of Virginia
M.Arch., Yale University

MARION WEISS is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City.

Her firm's Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum, winner of an international competition, was awarded Harvard University's Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, the first United States project to receive this award. Known for the integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape, her firm won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award for Architecture, AIA New York’s Gold Medal, and the Architectural League of New York’s “Emerging Voices” award, acknowledging the distinct vision of the firm. She and her partner, Michael Manfredi, were also awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal, an international award presented by the Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts to one firm each year.

The Diana Center, a new multi-use arts building at Barnard College, establishes a new nexus for social, cultural, and intellectual life for the campus and city and was recently recognized with a 2011 AIA National Honor Award and a New York State AIA Honor award. Additionally, it won the New York State AIA’s Best Building in 2010 and has received a Progressive Architecture Award from Architect Magazine, and has been featured in Lotus, Metropolis Magazine, Architect Magazine, The Plan, and was recently exhibited in Barcelona’s World Architecture Festival. 

Weiss/Manfredi won the international competition to design the Taekwondo Park in Muju, Korea, and is working on a new campus for Aga Khan University in East Africa. Other current projects include the Hunters Point South Park, a waterfront park on the East River in Queens, New York; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, scheduled to open this spring; and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania. Other built works include the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York; the Smith College Campus Center in Northampton, Massachusetts; and the competition-winning Women’s Memorial and Education Center at Arlington National Cemetery.

Her firm’s projects have been featured in the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the São Paolo Biennial of International Architecture and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Culture Now” Triennial, the National Building Museum, Harvard University, the International Landscape Biennale in Barcelona, and the Design Center in Essen, Germany.

Marion Weiss recently spoke at Penn’s "Terrain of Water" and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design conference, "Territories of Urbanism: Urbanism at 50." She also participated in the Princeton “Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain” conference and the corresponding publication Landform Building: Architecture's New Terrain by Stan Allen. Their most recent monograph, Weiss/Manfredi Surface/Subsurface, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. Weiss/Manfredi’s forthcoming monograph, Pro Architect: Weiss/Manfredi, will be published this year in Korean and English.



Barnard College Diana Center

Olympic Sculpture Park

Museum of the Earth

Smith College