Marion Weiss

Partner and Cofounder

Marion Weiss is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism and the Graham Chair Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, Marion was honored by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Design Leader Award. Marion received her Master of Architecture from Yale University and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. At Yale, she won the American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award and the SOM Traveling Fellowship. She has taught design studios at Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, and since 1991 has been a faculty member at Penn's Weitzman School of Design where she leads research studios on the intersection of infrastructural, social, and ecological challenges. In 2019, Marion received the Residence Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and was honored with the University of Virginia’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnae Award for recognition of her achievements in Architecture. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a National Academy of Design inductee.

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.