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In 2004 Elena Manferdini founded Atelier Manferdini, a design office that has been highly visible advocate of design excellence and has been recognized internationally for its ability to create imaginative architecture, fashion and object design. Currently the firm is designing a 250,000sft master plan in Macerata (Italy) including 80 apartments, a museum, a public library and an open theater. Atelier Manferdini has been selected to design a 150,000sft residential tower in Guiyang (China) along with other 9 leading design firms from all around the world. Her architectural projects have been exhibited internationally in both architecture and art museums: her work is currently showcased at IIC, in Los Angeles. Two years ago she was invited to design the West Coast Pavilion representing USA at the Beijing Biennale in the Chinese Millennium Museum. This year she is curating the West Coast USA session of the upcoming Beijing Biennale exhibition. Recently the firm has collaborated with numerous industries: MTV, Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Ottaviani, Valentino and FolliFollie are selected examples. In addition to leading her design practice, Elena Manferdini teaches design studios and technology seminars at SCI-Arc.
Alisa Andrasek is a director of BIOTHING and an experimental practitioner of architecture and computation. She Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She has taught at Columbia, Pratt, UPENN, RMIT Melbourne and RPI. Andrasek won the Metropolis Next Generation Award, 2005 and received the FEIDAD Design Merit Award, 2004. Recent exhibitions include: Scripted by Purpose in Philadelphia 07; Seroussi pavilion in Paris 07; Ars Mathematica in Paris 07; the 03 Prague Biennale; Architectural Biennial Beijing 04, 06 and 08; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, 05. She currated the East Coast section of the "Emergent Talent Emergent Technologies" exhibition for the Beijing Biennial 06 and 08.
Chris Adamick, born 1980 in Los Angeles, studied fine art at UCLA and Environmental Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Chris worked as a designer with Studio Gaia in New York where he focused on hospitality environments located internationally, and he later went on to design disaster awareness and relief products with the Pacific Rim project in Tokyo. Chris currently designs with Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles where he explores projects in scales that range from large urban spaces to consumer products. In 2008 Chris was included in Bernhardt design's "Global Edition" and his stacking chair, Audio, was released at the Salone del Mobile in Milan; is subsequently included in Interior Design Magazines "Best of Year" and received Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award. Chris's work has been featured internationally in magazines such as Surface, Wallpaper, Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, Frame, Mark, and Monocle. Chris was a featured speaker at the 2007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair and his work has been shown at ICFF, NeoCon and NeoCon West, and at the A+D museum Los Angeles. Chris shows new work with test-collective, a collaboration with designer Piotr Woronkowicz established in 2007. Chris believes that design allows us to create new ways to interact with the world and exposes meaning in the ways we already do.
Marc Fornes, registered Architect DPLG, is the founder of THEVERYMANY - www.theverymany.net - a design studio and collaborative research forum engaging the field of architecture via Encoded and Explicit protocols.
In 2004 he graduated with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London after having previously studied in France and Sweden.
Marc’s work experience in La Reunion, France, UK and the US includes SOM, Ross Lovegrove and Zaha Hadid Architects, where he was the project architect, from competition to tender documentation, for an experimental Mediatheque in Pau. During his three years on this project he directed the material research and geometrical development for the largest self-supported carbon fibre shell to date.
In parallel of academia he is also teaching professional Rhinoscript classes for McNeel.
In 2007 he produced & curated Scriptedbypurpose – www.scriptedbypurpose.net – the first exhibition exclusively focusing on scripted processes within design – and recently curated the European section for the Architecture Biennale 2008 in Beijing.
Piotr Woronkowicz (9.4.1978) was born in Gdansk, Poland and moved to North America at an early age. He studied at Art Center College of Design where he graduated with honors with a degree in Product Design. Piotr Woronkowicz focuses on using advanced 3D technology and manufacturing as a process to achieve unexplored design potential in various disciplines of design. He makes this process evident in his work which ranges from furniture and products to graphics and overall concepts. Piotr Woronkowicz worked in the offices of Don Chadwick and Jorge Pardo in Los Angles and has worked with clients such as Pepsi, Chrysler, and Home Depot. His work can be seen in galleries throughout the country, and is the recent recipient of a spark award. His work has been published in international magazines and newspapers including Wallpaper, Surface, Plus81, and the LA Times. He has been a guest lecturer at Parsons and continues to involve himself in the educational aspects of design.