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"Hibiscus" Shading Panel design for Alexander Montessori School, Miami, FL. Photographer: Artofmart. Architect: Jenifer Briley.

Coral Courts Lecture: Elena Manferdini

April 4, 2018
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Elena Manferdini, principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini, will deliver the annual Coral Courts Lecture. Manferdini has over fifteen years of professional experience in architecture, art, design, and education. She is a licensed engineer in Italy, and a licensed architect in Switzerland. She received a Professional Engineering Degree from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Manferdini currently teaches at SCI-Arc, where she is the graduate programs chair. In 2014 she was the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also held visiting professor positions at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and Seika University. She frequently lectures, and her work has been exhibited internationally in both architecture and art museums.

In 2017 Manferdini's facade for Alexander Montessori School in Miami received 2 AIA Miami Design Awards: the People's Choice award of excellence and the Merit Award of excellence. In 2016 she received the PAN Award for best public art project in North America. Her artwork is part of the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2013 she won the COLA Fellowship given by City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to support the production of original artwork. In 2013 she received a Graham Award for architecture, the ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence, and the Educator of the Year presidential award from the AIA Los Angeles. In 2011 she received a prestigious United States Artists grant in the category of architecture and design.

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