Sandra Manninger is a registered architect, teacher, and researcher. She is principal of del Campo Manninger Architects, a company she founded together with Matias del Campo. The focus of the practice lies on the integration of advanced design and building techniques that folds nature, culture, and technology into a design ecology.
Sandra Manninger has twenty years of experience in the field ranging from urban scale to housing projects to small scale rooftop remodelling and renovation. She started her training at the Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting in Building and Construction, Graz, AT where she graduated as an engineer at the age of nineteen. She then moved on to join the Technical University in Vienna from which she graduated as an architect under the auspices of Bart Lootsma.
Sandra Manninger has received numerous grants and prizes. She received a Research Fellowship, awarded from the University for Applied Arts Vienna and the Schindler Scholarship, awarded from the Federal Ministry for Education and Art and the Museum for Applied Art Vienna. She was awarded 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 finalist at 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.
Her work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre Paris, the Luciano Benetton Collection, the MAK Museum of Applied Arts, and the Albertina in Vienna and has been published in numerous magazines and books. She has written and presented papers at numerous conferences and she is lucky to travel the world to counsel and lecture at various institutions.
She has thought architectural design at the School of Architecture ESARQ-UIC in Barcelona, the Urban Strategies program at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, the Technical University in Vienna, the DIA Dessau Institute of Architecture, Germany, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, as well as Tongji University in Shanghai and most recently at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. She is the current Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.