Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael are architects, artists and educators. They are partners at Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, which is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment based in Oakland, California. Rael is an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley and San Fratello is an Assistant Professor in the area of Design at San Jose State University. Rael and San Fratello both hold Master of Architecture degrees from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Their research focuses on the convergence of digital, ecological, and creative material explorations. The research is applied through the design and fabrication of innovative buildings and their components, furniture elements and site specific installations that often look at inherent material resources and have embedded political consequences.
Rael San Fratello was the recipient of Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for their Hydro Wall concept, a finalist in the WPA 2.0 design competition and winner of the Van Alen Institute’s Life at the Speed of Rail competition. Rael San Fratello was voted one of “10 to watch” by California Home and Design Magazine. Their work has been published in Metropolis Magazine, L’Arca, DOMUS, the NY Times, Interior Design Magazine, the Praxis Journal of Writing and Building, Make Magazine and MARK Magazine.