Architects statement

For us the territory of architecture should concern itself with the whole of the built environment. Heightened disciplinary distinctions between architecture, art, ecology, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning marginalize the status of the architectural project, precluding new paradigms for contemporary settings.

Our collaboration was initiated by a desire to question such a limited view. Instead, we search for opportunities to consider, both in physical and disciplinary terms, a larger territory for expression.

We regard the existing site as an architectural condition already rich in possibilities. Superimposing new programs on a site can bring into focus that which is unseen, creating opportunities for invention, transformation and use.

We design to clarify the physical and cultural identity of each project, opportunistically integrating multiple disciplines and alternative methodologies to create meaningful settings. Movement, light and materiality heighten perception and experience and are envisioned as active participants in shaping architecture.

These convictions have been important provocations in the design of our work. Each project, regardless of scale, is a fertile site to test the capacity of a broader definition of design, envisioning a critical practice that is an active instrument in shaping contemporary culture.

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

Seattle Optional2 Sketch Architects Statement1