Ivan 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 in Ohio; He holds a Master’s Degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he graduated with honors and was awarded Best Thesis for his research between primitive shapes and familiarity.

Ivan is interested in expanding Architecture’s role in the built environment. In examining its sociocultural implications, aesthetics, and capacity to evolve and postulate alternatives for addressing current and future challenges. He has served as full-time faculty at Syracuse University School of Architecture and SCI-Arc. Before opening his practice, Ivan 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.