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Sandra Manninger

Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture

Sandra Manninger is a registered architect and an assistant professor of practice in architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is principal of del Campo Manninger Architects, a company she founded with Taubman College’s Matias del Campo. The practice focuses on the integration of advanced design and building techniques that fold nature, culture, and technology into a design ecology.

Manninger has 20 years of experience, ranging from urban-scale to housing projects to small-scale rooftop remodelling and renovation. She has received numerous grants and prizes, including a research fellowship from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Schindler Scholarship (from the Federal Ministry for Education and Art and the MAK—Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna). In addition, she was honored at the Ephemeral Structures Competition, Athens from the Far Eastern Memorial Foundation for her thesis project as well as for her design for the Media Center University for Music and Performative Art Vienna and the Individuality and Series: Architecture and Digital Fabrication competition. She was a finalist for the Feidad (Far Eastern International Digital Architecture Design) Award, and the Designboom Crystal Vision Swarovski Competition. She won the first prizes for Experimental Tendencies in Architecture, awarded from Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, the Brancusi Museum, Paris, for the Public Gallery, Design for a Mobile Gallery, and the Austrian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.

Manninger’s work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre in Paris, the Luciano Benetton Collection, and the MAK—Museum of Applied Arts and the Albertina Museum, both in Vienna. She has been published in numerous magazines and books, has presented at numerous conferences around the world, and has taught architectural design at the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture; the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; the Technical University in Vienna; the DIA Dessau Institute of Architecture in Dessau, Germany; Tsinghua University in Beijing; Tongji University in Shanghai; and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. 

Manniger began her training at the Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting in Building and Construction in Graz, Austria, where she graduated as an engineer at age 19. She received a Master of Science in architecture from Technical University in Vienna.