in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

Archtober 2, 2015 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Marion Weiss, WEISS/MANFREDI Architects
Michael Manfredi, WEISS/MANFREDI Architects
Julian Zugazoitia, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Cocktail designed by:
Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author


Marion Weiss, FAIA, Co-Founder, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism Michael Manfredi, FAIA, Co-Founder, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
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Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA, are co-founders of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City. Their firm is known for the dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. The firm’s projects, including the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, the University of Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Center, the Barnard College Diana Center, Hunters Point South Park in New York City, the Cultural Arts District design for Kansas City, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, exemplify the potential of architecture and landscape design to transform public space. The firm is currently working on the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds, and The Bridge, a new building for Cornell NYC Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus. WEISS/MANFREDI has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the International V.R. Green Prize for Urban Design. They have been named one of North America's "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York, and received the AIA New York Chapter Gold Medal of Honor. This fall they are the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professors at Yale. Michael Manfredi has been Gensler Visiting Professor at Cornell University. Marion Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Julián Zugazagoitia Director, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Julián Zugazagoitia, Director and CEO of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, discovered his passion for art and architecture one summer in New York, a teenager stranded with little money and a great deal of time. He quickly discovered that museums were cool, in more ways than one. Trying to make sense of the galleries, he began developing narratives to explain what he was seeing and experiencing; he soon realized those stories told him more about his teenage self than the art. Although he intended to pursue an engineering career, he instead has devoted his professional life to museums and their power to transform people’s lives. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre in France, Zugazagoitia has worked at institutions in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He served as the Director/CEO of El Museo del Barrio in New York, a leading institution in the field of Latin American and Latino art. With architecture firm, Gruzen Samton, Julián transformed the institution through a $44 million renovation project that resulted in new gallery spaces and a popular restaurant. He also worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and as a consultant and curator with UNESCO and the Getty Conservation Institute. He curated exhibitions for the international art fair ARCO 2005, the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2002 and as Director of Visual Arts with the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Zugazagoitia arrived in Kansas City in September 2010 as the fifth Director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins, and he is known for inspiring the community with his passion for art and collaboration. He was named Architectural Advocate of the Year in December, 2012 by the Kansas City chapter of AIA. He is a member of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Board of Directors.

Toby Cecchini, Bartender & Author
Toby is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008. In 2013 he reopened the shuttered Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill Brooklyn.

Negroni Sbagliato Bianco or White Mistaken Negroni By Toby Cecchini

  • 1 oz. Suze Gentian Liquor
  • 1 oz. Carpano Bianco Vermouth
  • 3-4 oz Prosecco

In a double old-fashioned glass build in order over a large cube. Garnish with a long, thin slice of cucumber.