Bernal is a Colombian-born designer, educator, and curator. He is currently the Director of Architecture and Urban Design at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He holds a Masters Degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he graduated with honors and was awarded “The Best Thesis Prize” for his research between primitive shapes and familiarity.
Bernal is interested in expanding Architecture’s role in the built environment and examining its sociocultural implications, aesthetics, and capacity to evolve and postulate alternatives for addressing current and future challenges. Bernal is committed to building accessible collaborative platforms that expands architecture’s audiences and include a diverse range of participants in the design process of our environments.
He has served as full-time faculty 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.