Anca Trandafirescu is an associate professor in architecture at The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Trandafirescu teaches courses in design, theory, and representation and previously taught at the University of Oregon. In 2003 she established area.architecture, with Glenn Wilcox. The practice explores a breadth of design issues through speculative activities, competitions, commissioned projects, and design/build work particularly focused on the combination of interests in public access, material experimentation, and digital fabrication. The firm’s most recent and notable recognition includes: an Honorable Mention for VOICEOVER: Histories, Memories, and Flights of Fancy, her entry in Memorials for the Future International Design Competition, 2016, an Architect Magazine R+D Citation Award for c_LITH: Carbon Fiber Architectural Units in 2014, a Special Mention in Architizer A+ Awards for Flying Carpet in 2014, a Huron Valley Honor Award for Flying Carpet in 2014, an ACSA Faculty Design Award honorable mention for HOT AIR in 2011, runners-up in the TEX-FAB Repeat Competition in 2010, top 10 in the Young Architect’s Forum 10up Atlanta Competition in 2010, an honorable mention in the 99K House Competition in 2008. In 2009, Trandafirescu’s installation, “Hot Air,” was displayed in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the overthrow of the Romanian government in Timisoara, Romania. She held the Muschenheim Fellowship at the University of Michigan Taubman College in 2005-2006. She has a B.Arch. from Temple University and an M.Arch. the Bartlett, University College London. Trandafirescu is a registered architect in NY.