Michael Manfredi

Partner and Cofounder

Michael Manfredi is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism and a Senior Design Critic at Harvard University. Michael was born in Trieste, Italy and grew up in Rome. He completed his undergraduate education in the United States at Notre Dame and received his Master of Architecture at Cornell University where he studied with Colin Rowe. He won the Paris Prize, was a Cornell Fellow, and was awarded an Eidlitz Fellowship. He has taught design studios at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Cornell University, and, most recently, at Harvard University where he teaches Urban Design studios that focus on larger interdisciplinary questions that connect architecture to pressing urban and environmental challenges. With Marion Weiss, Michael is a recipient of the 2019 Residence Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. A founding board member of the Van Alen Institute, Michael is currently a board member for the Storefront for Art and Architecture and has been a member of the Advisory Council of Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Design.

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are recipients of the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2024 Louis I. Kahn Award, the 2020 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, and were named one of North America's "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York. The firm has also been honored with the New York AIA Gold Medal and with the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal, awarded to one individual or firm in the world each year. The firm's projects have been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum, the São Paulo Biennale of International Architecture and Design, the Shanghai Biennale, the Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum, the National Building Museum, Harvard University, the International Landscape Architecture Biennale in Barcelona, and the Design Centre in Essen, Germany. Princeton Architectural Press has published three monographs on their work including their most recent book, PUBLIC NATURES: Evolutionary Infrastructures.