One-on-one with Elena Manferdini: Bolognese engineer-turned-designer in L.A.

Jan 14, 2016 394

by Valerio Viale

Elena Manferdini, acclaimed architect and designer, grew up in Bologna, capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy. Somehow the urbanistic eclecticism and theatrical quality of the landscape, made of medieval towers as well as a vast web of porticoes, must have tickled Elena's imagination.

However, her upbringing and interests led the young woman towards civil engineering, until, at twenty-two years of age, her life took an unexpected turn: she won a nine-months scholarship to study architecture at UCLA.

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