Manon Portera is a French interior architect and co-founder of apropå, a Geneva-based interior architecture studio that focuses on material circularity and light design through a sustainable approach. She teaches circularity in the BA and MA programs at HEAD – Genève, and leads a studio on circular design for the first year of the bachelor’s degree.
Portera graduated from HEAD – Genève in 2015 with a BA in Interior Architecture, and from Konstfack (University of Crafts, Arts & Design) in 2018 with a MA in Spatial Design. Until 2019, she collaborated with Rotor Deconstruction in Brussels, a cooperative design practice that investigates the circular organization of the material environment. Alongside Rotor, she conducted workshops and provided tutoring at the Royal College of Art in London, The Architecture School of Nancy, and the Architecture Center of Vienna.
In 2019, she co-founded apropå atelier with Valentine Maeder. Since then, they have been involved in various projects, including the renovation of housing projects, commercial premises, and scenography. They recently designed a scenography for the Nouvelles Galeries in Annecy, and they are currently working on the renovation of the Red Cross Museum in Geneva in collaboration with Baubüro In Situ. Engaged in reuse practices, Portera is a member of the comity of Materiuum and a member of Cirkla (Association of actors of reuse in Switzerland).