Elena Manferdini graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) prior to receiving her Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2004 she founded Atelier Manferdini, a design firm 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, art and product design.

Manferdini was recently awarded one of the prestigious 2011 annual grants from United States Artists (USA) in the category of architecture and design, and her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award for 2011.

Manferdini has collaborated with internationally-renowned companies such as Swarovski, Sephora, Driade, MTV, Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Ottaviani, Moroso, Valentino, Arktura and Lerival. In 2006, Manferdini was invited to design the West Coast Pavilion representing the United States at the Beijing Biennale in the Chinese Millennium Museum. In 2008 and 2010, she curated the West Coast USA session
of the Beijing Biennale exhibition.

Manferdini has lectured widely around the world and for the past eight years has been teaching architectural design studios and technology seminars for the Graduate and Undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Graduate Thesis Program at the Southern California Insitute of Architecture, and she also holds a Visiting Professorship at Cornell University and Seika University.