Elena Vazquez is a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computation at Penn State University. Elena holds an MS Architecture degree from Penn State, completed with the support of a Fulbright scholarship. Her research focuses on material computation, digital fabrication, generative design, and smart materials.
Before coming to Penn State, she obtained her professional degree in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. She worked as an architect in several architecture firms in Paraguay and was the associate architect in the detail design and construction supervision of several housing projects.
Her master's dissertation: "Perforated Masonry Walls: Creating a digital framework for optimizing environmental performance through shape configuration" has been recognized with the "Distinguished Master's Thesis Award", a university-wide recognition for excellence in masters-level thesis research. In spring 2018, she was awarded the ARCC King's student medal, for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research. Additionally, she has interned as a computational designer and researcher at ZAHNER and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
Elena has extensively published in computer-aided architectural design proceedings, including eCAADe, Sigradi, Caadria, and CADFutures.