Iván Bernal is a Colombian-born designer, educator, and curator. He is an Associate Professor with tenure at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) in Ohio. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he graduated with honors and received the prestigious Best Thesis Award for his research between primitive shapes and familiarity.
Bernal is interested in expanding the role of Architecture, its cultural and urban impact, its aesthetics, and its evolution in relation to digital and computational tools. He has served as Director of Architecture at Kent State University and as a full-time faculty member at Syracuse University School of Architecture and SCI-Arc. Before opening his practice, Bernal led studios in South America and The United States. His work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and his research sits at the intersection of familiarity and non-traditional representation techniques for exploring divergent realities.