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Jennifer Magnolfi

Jennifer Magnolfi
Senior Integration Architect for Programmable Environments , Herman Miller

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Jennifer Magnolfi’s work at the front end of Herman Miller Research & Development explores the effects of programmability as a driver for future business development and innovation. During the past five years, she has lead work in an R&D initiative called Programmable Environments, comprising new product concepts, technology integration architecture, building engineering systems in sites, and the development of strategic corporate partnerships and alliances. Some of her built projects include the Microsoft Envisioning Lab in Redmond, and the Georgia Tech main Campus Library.

Jennifer is the co-author of “Always Building: the Programmable Environment”, a design manifesto published by the Herman Miller. The book articulates the core design principles guiding an exploration of intelligent future environments. In previous roles, Jennifer served as an instructor at the Lund Institute of Technology and a Technical Advisor to the Star Design Program, a design and research collaboration with NASA. She was a Research Fellow at the Interactive Institute in Sweden, researching networked habitats and high-tech environments. Jennifer received a Master Degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholar.


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The design and production of physical/digital spaces is at the heart of what we call the Programmable Environment. Instead of environments complete and fixed in time, subject to renovation or demolition when their purpose is no longer relevant, the result is a spatial system designed to evolve over time, in interaction with the users who inhabit it. Read more.
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