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Person Place Thing: Marion Weiss NA and Michael Manfredi NA

December 4, 2023, 6:30 pm.
Admission is free but reservations are required.

Person Place Thing is an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing with particular meaning to them. The result: surprising stories from great talkers. Past guests have included Tod Williams NA and Billie Tsien NA; Mierle Laderman Ukeles; Anna Deveare Smith; Alice Aycock NA; David Gonzalez; and Yeohlee Teng.

The National Academy of Design invites you to the next recording of Person Place Thing with host Randy Cohen and National Academicians Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, founders of WEISS/MANFREDI. WEISS/MANFREDI is a multidisciplinary New York City-based design practice that combines landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art.

Admission is free but reservations are required. To make a reservation for this program, click here.

This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. To request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service, email your request at least two weeks in advance of the event to [email protected].

About Marion Weiss
Marion Weiss NA is the Graham Chair Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism. She is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Architecture and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. She has taught at Harvard, Cornell, and Yale, where she was the Saarinen Visiting Professor. Marion was honored by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Design Leader Award in 2017 and is a National Academy of Design inductee.

About Michael Manfredi
Michael Manfredi NA is a Senior Design Critic at Harvard University and cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism. He was born in Trieste, Italy and grew up in Rome. He completed his undergraduate education in the United States and received his Master of Architecture at Cornell University. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, and Yale, where he was the Saarinen Visiting Professor. Michael is a board member for the Storefront for Art and Architecture and a National Academy of Design inductee.

About Randy Cohen
Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for “Late Night With David Letterman” for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, “The Punishing Blow,” ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. His most recent book, “Be Good: how to navigate the ethics of everything,” was published by Chronicle. He is currently the creator and host of Person Place Thing, a public radio program.

Date: Dec. 4, 2023

Location: National Academy of Design, 519 W 26th St 2nd floor, New York, NY 10001

Time: 6:30 p.m.