Los Angeles, United States

Elena Manferdini graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and later received her Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA). In 2004 she founded Atelier Manferdini, a design-based office in Los Angeles, California. The firm has been highly visible as an advocate of design excellence and has been recognized internationally for its ability to create imaginative architecture, art and product design. The office is based on a multi¬scale work methodology and embraces the philosophy that design can participate in a wide range of multidisciplinary developments that define our culture. Manferdini was recently awarded one of the prestigious 2011 annual grants from the United States Artists (USA) in the category of architecture and design, and her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award for 2011. She has collaborated with internationally renowned companies such as Swarovski, Sephora, Driade, MTV, Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Ottaviani, Moroso, Valentino, Arktura and Lerival. In 2006 Manferdini was invited to design the West Coast Pavilion representing the USA at the Beijing Biennale in the Chinese Millennium Museum. In 2008 and 2010, she curated the West Coast USA session of the Beijing Biennale exhibition. She has lectured widely, including at MIT, Princeton, GSD and Bauhaus. In addition to leading her design practice, Manferdini also teaches architectural design studios and technology seminars for the Graduate and Undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture , were she is the Coordinator of the Graduate Thesis Program. She has also held Visiting Professor positions at Cornell University and Seika University. Manferdini's work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).