Ivan Bernal appointed Architecture Program Director

Ivan Bernal Architecture Program Director

Ivan Bernal appointed Architecture Program Director


The Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Ivan Bernal has been appointed the new Director of Architecture programs. Professor Bernal, currently a Guest Curator at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, comes to the CAED from Syracuse University where he served as Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. Before joining Syracuse, he served as full-time faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he also completed his Master of Architecture degree with honors and won the highly competitive Best Thesis Prize.


Professor Bernal’s appointment comes at a time when the CAED is experiencing exciting transformations under the leadership of Dean Mark Mistur. Its new award-winning LEED Platinum building, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, houses state of the art facilities that promote exciting new forms of architectural education. Bernal’s unique hybrid background as an educator, practitioner, and curator informs his vision to enhance disciplinary discourse while expanding architecture’s cultural roles and its impact on the built environment.


“Architecture is a field which lays between history, contemporary culture, the built environment, and speculations about the future. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we (the architectural community) position ourselves at the center of the room where the decision of our present and future will be determined,” he insists. 


Professor Bernal was born into a family of architects in Bogota, Colombia. He remembers visiting social housing construction sites, participating in design conversations, and witnessing the entire architectural process from a young age. Before opening his own practice, Bernal 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.


Bernal succeeds Jonathan Fleming, who served as the Director of Architecture programs for the past nine years. “I look forward to continuing the legacy the school has achieved under Jonathan’s Directorship. It maintains a trajectory of formidable achievements and high standards; I am excited to help postulate its new vision for a fast-changing discipline,” Bernal added.


“During prior visits to the College, I experienced the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of students during their studio presentations. I had the pleasure of interacting with faculty during reviews and engaging in stimulating conversations about extremely provocative work. There is an overriding sense of optimism and a desire to push the boundaries.”

POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2018 04:11 PM
UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 04:37 AM