NEUMA SCAPE: genesis
We were looking for a name that spoke to what and why we are trying to do and who we are.
In Stoic philosophy, we came across the word pneuma, which refers to the vital spirit (soul) or the creative force of a person. The spirit in which we approach our work is that of a playscape - a space where we play / experiment, learn, collaborate, and grow. Combining (p)Neuma with (play)scape seemed natural to us. We see NEUMASCAPE STUDIO as a playground for the creative spirit. We strive to make our studio space in Chinatown an embodiment of this spirit.
Visit us to experience the creative spirit at work!
Manori’s Collaborations (Selected Projects) +
At AUX Architecture
At Tom Wiscombe Architecture
CEO + CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Manori is a Los Angeles-based designer and entrepreneur, working towards her California licensure in Architecture. She is passionate about the role of Architecture + Design and its impact on a community’s well-being. This has taken her on a journey that led her to found NEUMASCAPE STUDIO.
Manori's passion in community building is established on a strong foundation of democracy, ethics, empathy, and an acknowledgement of the intrinsic connections we have with each other and our surroundings. Her goal with her practice is to help identify and realize the potential of people, space, or places, through design and technology. Her approach to projects often seeks to honor the legacy of place, space, object, or people.
Manori was educated at SCI-Arc and in her formative years in architecture, she had the privilege of being mentored by award-winning architects such as Hsing Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Devyn Weiser, Tom Wiscomb, Wes Jones, Dwayne Oyler, and Tom Mayne. Her prior background comprises of formal education in Marketing, as well as industry experience in apparel, e-commerce, business development, and non-profit management.
Equipped with a variety of skills and interests, a vibrant network, and a life-long commitment to learning and meaning, Manori is on a mission to create a body of work that reflects her values and passions in architecture, design, technology, and well-being.
NELSON ABREU, PE
Nelson is a registered electrical engineer, specializing in smart grids, completing a Masters in Design, Business and Technology in Los Angeles. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, author and educator. A descendent of Goa, India, he was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.
For years, Nelson has been exploring the intersection of being, society and technology: how extraordinary states facilitate new technical and social solutions (innovation) and how technology can facilitate such states.
He has lectured to lay and academic audiences for 20 years in 5 continents and developed novel technologies and techniques to induce states of creativity and well-being. Nelson continues to develop novel ways to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain and to improve creativity, performance, self-knowledge and intuition.
He has pioneered the development of transformative technologies for industrial safety: innovations that can save lives. Nelson has also championed numerous process improvements for the electrical industry that have created millions of dollars of value.
Through creative leadership, innovative process changes and new tools and methods, he has contributed to a smarter, safer, more reliable and greener electrical power grid: from transmission stations in California to wind farms in Iowa to solar farms in Puerto Rico.
Nelson's CV +
Jackson is an electrical engineer and avid gamer. We collaborate with him in some of our fun engineering and VR exploits
Dr. Reza Bashiri
Reza is an electrical engineer and expert on change and leadership, as well as an inventor, educator, and overall awesome human being. Reza collaborates with us in developing safety innovations, among other technologies. Reza is also an expert at fostering innovation.
Uriel Alexander Lopez
Alex is our chief collaborator in all things fun, design, fabrication, robotics, and other tech adventures. Armed with an education in Architecture and a background in fabrication and robotics, we collaborate with him on projects varying from building designs to building prototypes.