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Elena Manferdini / Atelier Manferdini

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 8, 2014 - 5:30pm


Elena Manferdini will present the lecture "Painted Canvas" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8. The lecture will discuss the relationship between painting and architecture, focusing in particular on issues of flatness, fantasy and novel materiality, and is free and open to the public. 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. 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.

Elena Manferdini was recently awarded the 2013 Graham Award for Architecture, received the 2013 ACADIA Innovative Research Award for Excellence, and was selected as recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year Presidential Award given by the AIA Los Angeles. In 2011, she was one of the recipients of the prestigious annual grants from the United States Artists (USA) in the category of architecture and design, while her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award in 2011.

Currently, Atelier Manferdini is constructing a permanent art installation for the Hubert Humphrey Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. The firm recently completed the design and construction of two commercial stores on Abbot Kinney (Venice, CA) and an art pavilion for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Last year she completed a cruise boat in Kyoto, Japan and a fabric installation for Seika University. The office recently completed two large scale projects in New York and United Kingdom; an interactive installation for Sephora's newly opened scent museum in New York's Meatpacking District; and an Inverted Crystal Cathedral art piece for the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in the UK, sponsored by Swarovski.

In addition to leading her design practice, in the past 10 years Manferdini has been teaching architectural design studios and technology seminars for the graduate and undergraduate programs at SCI-Arc, where currently she serves as Coordinator of the Graduate Thesis Program. She also has held visiting professorships at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley and Seika University, Japan.