Elena Manferdini: Seduction

Department of Architecture Lecture Series

In 2003 Elena Manferdini founded Atelier Manferdini, a design office that has been recognized internationally for its ability to create imaginative architecture, fashion, and object design. Their work is based on the philosophy that design can participate in the new developments that are defining our culture and translating the complexity of contemporary technology into built form. Informed by her varied educational background, Manferdini’s practice applies construction and manufacturing technologies from the engineering field to architecture, object design, and fashion. Currently the firm is designing a 250,000 sq. ft. master plan in Macerata, Italy including 80 apartments, a museum, a public library, and an open theater. Recently the firm has collaborated with companies from various industries, like MTV, Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Guzzini, Ottaviani, Leucos, and Valentino. Her projects have been exhibited internationally in both architecture and art museums: her work is currently showcased at Skin and Bones in Tokyo. Last year 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. Additionally, Manferdini teaches architectural design studios and technology seminars at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.