Director Campus: Kent
Ivan Bernal is a designer, educator, and curator. He is currently the Director of the Architecture and Urban Design Programs at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and Guest Curator at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. He holds a Master 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 the current and future role of Architecture, its cultural and urban impact, its aesthetics, and its evolution in different settings and venues. He has served as full-time faculty at Syracuse University School of Architecture and SCI-Arc. Prior to opening his practice, Ivan led studios in South America and The United States. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, and his research sits at the intersection of formal familiarity and non-traditional representation techniques exploring alternate realities.
Visiting Professor, Cornell University
Rubén Alcolea is involved in academia and develops a professional practice. Received his Master in Architecture and PhD from the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra and received the Special National Award for architecture in 2000. Received a Ph.D. in 2005 with a dissertation focused on Architecture and Photography in early modernism, later published as a book. Since 2000 is involved in academia and practice. His academic, teaching, and research work has been mainly developed at the School of Architecture, University of Navarra (2000-2016), where he was vice-dean for Research and Academic Programs (2009-2015); Visiting Scholar at the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (2008-2009); and Visiting Professor at Cornell University, the USA since 2016.
Specialized in photography and modern architecture, is the author of several books, such as Pioneer Picnic/Picnic de Pioneros (Valencia, 2009) or the four volumes Inter: Photography and Architecture (2016). He has published academic papers and contributions to books, as well as produced and curated exhibitions, public seminars, and conferences. Practicing since 2000 as a registered architect, founded alcolea+tárrago in 2005. His work has awarded in more than 20 national and international competitions and has been widely published.
Archt. Dr. Narein Perera
Dr. Narein Perera – a Chartered Architect by profession – runs a practice, which prides itself in the degree of innovation and holistic applicability of its architectural solutions. His architectural practice has been quite successful over the years, winning recognition for design, both locally and internationally. In his home country of Sri Lanka, he was the recipient of the ‘Young Architect of the Year’ in 2010 and Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, awards for Design excellence in 2007, 2011, and 2018. On the international `stage, he was awarded the ‘Architecture Asia Award for Emerging Architects’ by the Asian Congress of Architects in Malaysia, (2014 and 2016); and ‘The Energy & Hot Climates Prize of the Green Building Solutions Awards 2016’ for the International Platform, in France.
Dr. Perera’s research expertise primarily encompasses urban scale studies that focus on the tropical climatic context. He critically explores the impacts of the haphazard and rapid development that affect the tropical cities, by developing mapping protocols for greater understanding and better application. The ‘Local Climate Zone’ classification system is utilized for mapping and its advantages as a basis for climate-sensitive planning policy are explored as a means to enhance the link between urban design and climate. His research includes a “Local Climate Zone” based approach to urban planning in Colombo, Sri Lanka. On the building scale, Perera’s work focuses on passive design strategies for the building envelope in ensuring daylight integration, thermal comfort, and overall energy efficiency. A key contribution is as an author/team member for the development of the Energy Efficient Building Code for Sri Lanka.