The third and final lecture of the LA Forum’s Fall 2010 Out There Doing It lecture series In Medias Res will be presented at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House on November 18, 7:30 pm.  A lecture by Elena Manferdini, of Atelier Manferdini, will be followed by a response from and discussion with Dora Epstein Jones, Ph.D.

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is located at 835 North King’s Road, West Hollywood. Lectures are free for members / $5 students / $10 professional non-members. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here

Malepensa; Image Courtesy Atelier Manferdini

In 2004 Elena Manferdini founded Atelier Manferdini, a design office based 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, fashion 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.

Currently the firm is designing a single family villa in Ascona (Switzerland), a 250,000 sq.ft. master plan in Macerata (Italy) including 80 apartments, a museum and an open theater. Atelier Manferdini has been selected to design a 150,000 sq.ft. residential tower in Guiyang (China) along with other 10 leading design firms from around the world. Recently the firm has collaborated in numerous industries with internationally renowned companies such as: Driade, MTV, Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Ottaviani, Moroso, Valentino, Arktura and Lerival.

In 2006 Ms. Manferdini was invited to design the West Coast Pavilion representing USA at the Beijing Biennale in the Chinese Millennium Museum. In 2008 and 2010, she curated the West Coast USA session of the upcoming Beijing Biennale exhibition. She has lectured widely, including at MIT, Princeton, and Bauhaus.  In addition to leading her design practice, for the past 7 years Ms. Manferdini has been teaching architectural design studios and technology seminars for the Graduate and Undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Villa Nessi; Image Courtesy Atelier Manferdini

Dora Epstein Jones, Ph.D., is a theorist and teacher of architectural culture.  Her work mainly focuses on the discipline of architecture, and includes interrogations on the discipline’s boundaries and operations through examinations of tectonics, practice and pedagogy, as well as (generally external) concerns such as gender, sex, mobility and criticality.  She has published in Arch’it, ArcCa and other architectural journals, as well as written essays for publications by Office dA, UCLA Architecture and anthologies on gender and sex in architecture.  Ms. Epstein Jones holds a Ph.D. in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.  She is a research fellow of the Luce Foundation, the UC Regents and the AIA. Ms. Epstein Jones is a long-time collaborator with Jones, Partners: Architecture, and has often been a member of their exhibition and installation design team.  Ms. Epstein Jones is the past Coordinator of Cultural Studies, a department she helped organize and name, and a professor at SCI-Arc for the last 8 years.  She has taught many of the courses in the core undergraduate and graduate curriculums, and is an active member of the undergraduate thesis program.

In Medias Res Poster PDF.