Elena Vázquez is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture working at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computation - Penn State University. Elena holds a Master of Science in Architecture and a graduate degree in Additive Manufacturing, both from Penn State. Her research focuses on smart material systems and performance-based design. Her work has gained recognition in the form of awards and grants such as the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant and the ARCC Research Incentive Award.
Before coming to Penn State, she obtained her professional degree in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. She worked as an architect in NGOs and architecture firms in Paraguay and was the associate architect in the detailed design and construction supervision of several housing projects. Her master's work: "Perforated Masonry Walls: Creating a digital framework for optimizing environmental performance through shape configuration," has been recognized with the "Distinguished Master's Thesis Award," an acknowledgment of excellence in master's thesis research. In Spring 2018, she received the ARCC King Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Research. She has also worked as a computational designer at ZAHNER and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
Elena has extensively published in computer-aided architectural design proceedings, including eCAADe, Sigradi, Caadria, and CADFutures, and in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Architectural Computing, Architectural Science Review, and the Journal of Facade Design and Engineering. Elena is a 2016-2018 Fulbright scholar, a 2019-2020 Arts and Architecture Sustainability Teaching Fellow, and a 2020-2021 Waddell Biggart Graduate Fellow.