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Celebrated architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi embrace the challenge of turning difficult urban sites into profound public spaces. Come hear how they marry architecture and landscape to create appealing places out of distressed locations.

$15 public
$7 CAF members
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Weiss and Manfredi’s ability to transform underutilized, abandoned or neglected sites into places that draw in large numbers of people and drive economic growth can be seen in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park and the new Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park in Queens, New York, among other projects. The two will discuss their work and consider sites in Chicago that could possibly benefit from similar treatment during this lecture and moderated conversation at CAF. Noted architectural commentator Reed Kroloff will serve at the night’s host and interviewer.

Program Speakers: Marion Weiss & Michael Manfredi


Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are co-founders of WEISS/MANFREDI, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City known for its dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure and landscape. The firm's notable projects include Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's visitor center and the Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Marion received her Master of Architecture at Yale University and Michael received his Master of Architecture at Cornell University. Both Marion and Michael have lectured at top universities and been honored with numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the New York AIA Gold Medal.

AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU

  • Ticket price includes complimentary beer, wine or soft drinks.
  • Discount tickets are available with a valid student ID for $10 at the CAF Box Office.

assistive listening systemsThe Lecture Hall @ CAF is equipped with an FM Assistive Listening System. To request a receiver, with either a headset or neckloop, please inquire with a CAF staff member at the program.