As a young firm, the rapid rise of Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi to prominence on the American architectural scene can be attributed to their success in some early competitions. Foremost among them were the Women in Military Service Educational Memorial at Arlington Cemetery and the New American Green (Mitchell Park competition) in Olympia Fields, Illinois—an entry in the latter competition that was especially remarkable for both its sophisticated planning as well as aesthetic sensitivity. On the heels of those wins, others followed: Bridging the Gap International Competition (pedestrian access to NY City Hall); second-stage finalists in the Santa Clarita City Center Competition (CA), as well as in the World War II Memorial competition, Washington, DC. They subsequently have won invited competitions for the Seattle Art Museum’s Sculpture Park, the Diana Student Center at Barnard College, and, more recently, the Kent State School of Architecture. More recently, the firm has received high marks for the new Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Before founding their practice in 1989, Marion Weiss received her B.S. at the University of Virginia and MArch at Yale University. Michael Manfredi received his BArch from the University of Notre Dame and MArch from Cornell University. At the conclusion of his undergraduate studies, he won the 62nd Paris Prize competition.
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam is an international architecture firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. After Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam received degrees in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, they both were employed in a supervisory capacity with Heery & Heery Architects and Engineers in Atlanta. In 1984, together with Lloyd Bray, they founded Scogin Elam and Bray, then became Mack Scogin Merrill Elam in 2000. In the meantime, their projects have included numerous commissions at higher educational institutions: Harvard University, Syracuse University, Wellesley College, Arizona State University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University and invited as competitors to others, i.e., Barnard College. In addition to private residences, they also were responsible for several branch libraries in the Atlanta area. In 2012 they were one of five finalists in the international Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Music Center Competition in Taiwan.
From 1990-1995, Mack Scogin was the Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard's G.S.D. Besides serving on a number of high-profile juries, Merrill Elam was visiting professor at a number of Schools of Architecture, including Yale University, The University of Virginia, University of Toronto, and Ohio State University.
From the generous umbrella-like canopy serving as an arrival feature to the King's Cross Station in London to the Jumaa Mosque in the Msheireb Heritage Quarter, one of the most historic parts of inner Doha, Qatar, John McAslan's projects range over a large spectrum of cultural environments. Whether in India, Africa, Turkey, Russia or the U.S., the firm has an impressive record of accomplishments, many of which have been the result of competitions. The King's Cross competition brought the firm wide recognition abroad and has resulted in the firm's frequent participation as a participant in invited competitions for large-scale projects. One of the firm's more recent wins, Glasgow's George Square, came over a formidable international short list in an invited competition.
After completing his architecture studies at the University of Edinburgh, McAslan spent a year in the U.S. with Cambridge Seven Associates, then with Richard Rogers in the U.K. before entering into private practice and ultimately founding his own firm in 1996.