Virginia San Fratello

Architect, Artist, Educator and Co-inventor

Virginia San Fratello is an architect, artist, and educator. She is also co-inventor and creative consultant to Forust™, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Desktop Metal. Forust makes high-volume additive manufacturing (AM) of end-use wood parts in stunning designs that are both affordable and sustainable.

San Fratello is Chair of The Department of Design at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley where she directs the Interior Design Program. She recently won the International Interior Design Educator of the Year Award and is also a winner of the Metropolis Magazine Next Gen Design Competition. Her creative practice, Rael San Fratello (with Ronald Rael), was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York and was also awarded the Beazley Design of the Year for their Pink Teeter Totters.

San Fratello is the co-author of Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing (Princeton Architectural Press 2018), a book that reexamines the building process from the bottom up and offers illuminating case studies for 3D printing with materials like chardonnay grape skins, salt and sawdust. She is also a partner in Emerging Objects, a creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments and products and a co-founder of Forust.

Her work has been published widely, including in the New York Times, Wired, MARK, Domus, Metropolis Magazine, PRAXIS, Interior Design, Domus, the Architects Newspaper, the Public Art Review, and is recognized by several institutions including: LACMA, The National Building Museum, the Red Dot Design Museum, the Bellevue Museum, For Freedoms, the YBCA 100, and included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum in Mumbai, and the Design Museum in London.