Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are principals in the urban design firm Weiss/Manfredi, a New York-based firm that recently completed a study for a Kansas City cultural district. They are known in the art and design world for their work on the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, transforming jagged strips of land into a connected and pedestrian-friendly space uniting art, architecture and nature.
In 2013, the firm won an international competition to design a new College of Architecture and Environmental Design for Kent State University in Ohio. Recently, the firm celebrated the opening of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, with a new glass building and environmentally sustainable features.
Another recent project is the award-winning Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, located on the East River in Queens, New York. 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.