Claire Weisz

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  • University of Toronto (B.Arch with Honors)
  • Yale University (M.Arch, post-professional)

Years of practice



  • WXY Architecture
  • Weisz + Yoes Architecture
  • Claire Weisz Architects
  • Weisz and Warchol Studio
  • Agrest and Gandelsonas (Associate)
  • Hayne Winkler Weisz
  • Charles W Moore/Urban Innovations Group (employee)
  • Peter Hamilton Architect (employee)

Professional organizations

  • Licensed in 1990
  • Joined AIA in 1998
  • Became AIA fellow in 2013

Related websites


Built by Women NYC, BxW NYC, California, Design Trust for Public Space, LEED, LEED gold certification, Los Angeles, Manhattan, New York, New York City, Yale, commercial, greenway, industrial, institutional, interiors, landscape, public, public space, residential, sustainability, sustainable, waterfront


Early life and education

Claire Weisz, FAIA, received her degree from the University of Toronto and her Master of Architecture from Yale University.  For five years, she worked as an associate in the office of Agrest & Gandelsonas.

Career in Architecture

Weisz is a founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design, which focuses on creating innovative public space, structures and cities. WXY’s work includes the creative envisioning of new waterfronts, civic architecture, adaptive reuse and urban revitalization efforts. Frequently cited in the media and professional circles, Claire has served on numerous design award and competition juries and was co-editor of AD magazine’s “Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield” issue. She is a registered architect in California, New York and New Jersey.

Among other public recognitions, WXY has won AIA New York Chapter Merit and Honors awards and was selected as one of The Architectural League’s Emerging Voices in 2011.  She has lectured at NJIT, Catholic University and at The Architectural League, as well as taught at Yale University, Columbia University and the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture.

Major Buildings and Projects

  • Astor Place and Cooper Square Reconstruction, New York, NY (Ongoing/Under construction)
  • Department of Sanitation Garage & Salt Shed, New York, NY (2015) with Dattner Architects
  • SeaGlass Carousel, The Battery Bosque, New York, NY (2014)
  • Xinjin County Landscape Bridge, Xinjin, China (2012)
  • The Brooklyn Tech Triangle, Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • The East River Blueway Plan, New York, New York, United States (2013)
  • Bronx EMS Ambulance Station, Bronx, NY (2011)
  • Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Bronx, NY (2004) with Buro Happold and Jim Conti Lighting Design

Press and Awards

  • Built by Women NYC Winner for Department of Sanitation Garage & Salt Shed (2014)
  • Built by Women NYC Winner for Bronx EMS Ambulance Station (2014)
  • International Design Awards – Landscape Category, 1st Place (2008)
  • Award of Merit for Urban Planning/Design, AIA New York State (2006)
  • Chrysler Innovative Designer Award (2006)
  • Excellence on the Waterfront Top Honor Award, The Waterfront Center (2006)
  • New York ASLA Honor Awards (2006)
  • New York Designs Award, The Architectural League (2006)
  • Oculus Design Awards:  Architecture Honor (2005)
  • Honor Award for Architecture, AIA New York Chapter
  • Honor Award for Design Excellence in K-12 Educational Facilities, Boston Society of Architects/AIA
  • Citation Award, DesignShare/School Construction News (2005)
  • Award of Merit, Atlantic City Housing Competition (1996)
  • Graham Foundation Grant with City College Architectural Center (1996)
  • NYC Parks Council, Philip A. Winslow Award for Pier A Plaza (Joint Award with KSLA) (1996)
  • NIAE Grant for Harlem Studio in Environmental Justice with CCAC (1995)


About: Matteo Vercelloni, Photographs by Paul Warchol, New American Houses 2. Edizioini L”Archivolto

Institutional Affiliations

  • Founding Partner, Weisz + Yoes (WXY) Architecture (1992 – present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, New York University  (2008 – present)
  • Studio Critic, Yale University School of Architecture (2006 – 2007)
  • Co-Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space (2000 – 2004)