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10.22.13
Elena Manferdini Receives ACADIA Award for Innovative Research, AIA LA 2013 Educator Award

This week, SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini will be awarded two coveted recognitions for her contributions to architecture and design, and her efforts to push the architectural profession forward.

The AIA/LA yesterday announced Manferdini as recipient of the institute’s 2013 Educator Award. Presidential honorees this year include Frank Gehry, Johnston Marklee, Michael Govan and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti. Awards will be conferred at AIA/LA’s annual gala held on Monday, October 28, at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College. More about the AIA/LA 2013 awards.

Manferdini’s recent Smeared Projections installation departed from the analysis of examples of “camouflage” techniques derived from repetitive colored textures and their application to volumetric masses at architectural scale.

Manferdini will also receive a 2013 Innovative Research Award from the Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) for her research contributions to digital design in architecture. She will be honored at ACADIA’s 2013 Adaptive Architecture International Conference on Thursday, October 24, alongside other prominent winners such as Brett Steele of the Architectural Association, London, and Greg Lynn of FORM.

Earlier this fall, Manferdini participated in a forum discussion hosted by the Digital Architecture and Design Association (DADA) in Beijing, China. Themed Digital Infiltration, the forum invited renowned designers and architects to discuss new digital directions in architecture and design and their interplay with daily life. Manferdini was joined on stage by speakers including Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid and Xu Weiguo of Tsinghua University School of Architecture in Beijing, China.

Elena Manferdini is principal of Los Angeles-based Atelier Manferdini. She teaches visual studies, design and advanced vertical studios at SCI-Arc, and coordinates the school's Graduate Thesis program.