Weiss/Manfredi win 2013 Urban Edge Award

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning has announced that Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, of Weiss / Manfredi Architecture / Landscape / Urbanism, are the recipients of the 2013 Urban Edge Award.

This $50,000 award recognizes excellence in urban design and the ability of individuals to create major, positive change within the public realm. It honors an internationally recognized design professional who brings fresh, innovative, and effective thinking to the realm of urban design.

Weiss/Manfredi is a New-York-City-based multidisciplinary design practice known for their integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. Weiss/Manfredi received the Academy Award in Architecture given annually by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. They were also named one of North America's "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York and won the New York City AIA Gold Medal of Honor.

Their Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum, the winner of an international competition, was recognized as the Nature category winner at the World Architecture Festival, won the Best in Category by the I.D. Magazine Environments Design Awards, and was the first North American project to be awarded Harvard University's Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design.

The firm has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modem Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the National Building Museum, Harvard University, and the Design Center in Essen, Germany. Their first monograph, Site Specific, and the more recent Weiss/Manfredi: Surface/Subsurface, were published by Princeton Architectural Press.

The UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning introduced the biennial Urban Edge Award, funded by the Wisconsin Preservation Fund, Inc. and the law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, in 2006. Previous recipients of the award are Julie Bargmann (D.I.R.T Studio), Elizabeth Diller (Diller, Scofidio + Renfro) and Herbert Dreiseitl (Atelier Dreiseitl).

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are scheduled to visit the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Spring 2013.

For further information, please contact Assistant Professor Karl Walick.