Claire Weisz is a founding partner of WXY, a New York firm globally recognized for its community-centered approach to architecture, urban design and planning. Its most recent projects include the resilient and welcoming Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction, commissioned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and the Spring Street Salt Shed and Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (in collaboration with Dattner Architects), a project that proves even the most utilitarian buildings – in this case, sanitation facilities – can be designed to evoke awe and civic pride. The firm has also played a vital role in design thinking around urban innovations: combining public space, new industrial workplaces with mixed-use districts for and with communities.
WXY was named AIA New York Firm of the Year in 2016, and received both the League Prize and Emerging Voices from the Architecture League. Weisz was a co-founder and co-executive director of The Design Trust for Public Space, New York’s premier urban design think tank, which won a National Design Award in 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; is on the World Monuments Fund Modern Century Advisory Council, and has served on design juries both nationally and internationally including the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize and the Azure Design Awards. She lectures and teaches widely, most recently as the 2017 Portman Visiting Critic at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. Claire was named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2017, and she was awarded the Medal of Honor from AIANY for 2018.
The American Architecture Award Yearbook
All the selected award-winning projects for the nation's highest public awards
The American Architecture Awards yearbook for 2018 reflects the changing state of global architecture and reveal new design directions by today’s foremost practitioners.