The Georgia Tech School of Architecture partnered with the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) to introduce the first Design Atlanta Lecture. Each semester, the School and MODA invites influential architects to speak about their impactful designs. The lecture, sponsored by Interface, was created to connect students of the Georgia Tech School of Architecture with the broader design community in Atlanta.
To kick-off the first Design Atlanta Lecture, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, co-founders of Weiss/Manfredi, discussed their current work, which is centered around projects that are at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism in a lecture titled, “Drifting Symmetries.” Weiss and Manfredi emphasized their design process for a variety of structures including visitor centers, commercial spaces, government facilities and educational buildings.
To close the presentation, Weiss recognized the personal impact of her experiences as, “…the most phenomenal gift that architecture can offer, which is to actually feel like we’re connected to something far larger than ourselves and something far larger than a place of architecture. The title of the talk, which was not intentionally coy, “Drifting Symmetries,” is mainly about the idea of the perfect and finite world of architecture because, in fact, the forces and terrains that we have to engage are far larger than us and we need to drift towards those larger engagements.”
The lecture had a strong kick-off with over 350 people in attendance, which nearly filled the Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center. With a combination of students and professionals in the field of design in attendance, Weiss and Manfredi’s message further helped engage Atlanta’s design community.
Contact: Carmen Wagster | Georgia Institute of Technology | School of Architecture