Based in Venice, California, the Atelier Manferdini was founded in 2004 by Elena Manferdini, an engineering graduate from the University of Civil Engineering in Bologna who went on to complete a master of architecture and urban design at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and in 2014 held the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of California, in Berkeley (UCB). For Elena Manferdini, nature is the “silent protagonist” in her agency’s work. The Atelier Manferdini designed the pavilion for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and has received many awards, including that in 2017 for the facade of the Alexander Montessori School in Miami and an ACADIA Reward of Excellence. Her works are part of the permanent collections of the SFMoMA and the LACMA.