Inside SCI-Arc


03.25.09 | W. M. Keck Lecture Hall l 7pm
Elena Manferdini: Design is One

Elena Manferdini graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and later from University of California Los Angeles (Master of Architecture and Urban Design). She is the principal of Atelier Manferdini, a design office that specializes in the cutting edge of computer-aided design of exotic forms.

Because of her combination of degrees, Elena Manferdini's practice applies construction and manufacturing technologies from the engineering field to architecture, object design and fashion. Atelier Manferdini is designing for numerous industries and is currently collaborating with Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Guzzini, Ottaviani, Leucos, Valentino and FolliFollie. Manferdini's architectural projects have been exhibited internationally in both architecture and art museums: her work was showcased at Skin and Bones at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Recently she was invited to curate the West Coast USA session of the Beijing Biennale exhibition and she designed the West Coast pavilion for the Chinese Millennium Museum. Elena Manferdini has been featured in several publications, including Domus, New York Times, Elle, Vogue, ID, Icon, Form, Contemporary, Metropolis, and Architectural Design.

In addition to leading her design practice, Elena Manferdini teaches design studios and seminar at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.