Elizabeth Christoforetti

Design Critic in Architecture

Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti is design director and founder of Supernormal, a practice that explores the potential of big data for the design of small urban places. Supernormal bridges the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning, with the goal of bringing increased sensitivity and systematization to urban development through the use of improved quantitative methods. This approach requires careful attention to urban types and the constraints of physical development, and prioritizes methods of understanding and projecting change over time and change over location as first principles in practice.

Elizabeth received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she received the Henry Adams Medal. She also holds degrees from Bowdoin College and The Art Institute of Chicago. From 2014-2016, Elizabeth conducted research at the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where her work on the use of emerging urban data sources for improved public realm design won a Knight Foundation Prototype grant in 2015.