Elizabeth Christoforetti

Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture

Elizabeth views design as leadership in our rapidly changing world. Her work in practice, research, and teaching reflects her perspective that the future of design embraces collective creativity, human-machine collaboration, and scalable systems of design.

Elizabeth directs Supernormal, a design studio based in Cambridge, MA. She founded Supernormal to create meaningful and practical change through the intersection of architecture, urbanism, technology, and contemporary culture. The firm designs housing, institutional, and cultural projects for the private and public sectors. Elizabeth directs Supernormal as an engaged practice that meets the world exactly as it is, and with a glass that is half full.

Her work at the GSD rigorously explores the methods, theories, and technological building blocks that hold the potential to shape the relevance of design practice, and to better confront the imperatives of our time. Her research group within the Laboratory for Design Technologies aims to uncover the potentials for scalable systems of design by daylighting, operating upon, and designing new socio-technical systems – design that is dependent upon a combination of social and technological processes, and collaboration between them. Elizabeth’s work joins a perspective of radical pragmatism with a deep value for the culture of design imagination.