About Berenika Boberska
Berenika Boberska is an architect, installation artist and urban provocateuse. She runs the award winning Feral Office, a visionary praxis engaged in architecture, rural prototypes and experiments.
In 2016 she established Hinterlands Futures, a institute for exploratory structures which aims to engage with territories that have largely been omitted from the practice of architecture: the rural hinterlands of cities; the agricultural, disturbed landscapes; and the productive and largely un-picturesque space beyond the city.
Berenika describes her practice as being akin to a laboratory, exploring specific situations and spatial specimens in overlooked conditions – with their particular mixtures of technology, nature and human eccentricities. Her teaching at Woodbury University is closely connected to this research. She is currently working on the concept of Solar Baroque – creating prototypes and structures for a more spatial and occupiable photovoltaic energy production, where inspiration is taken in equal measure from collaboration with scientists as well as the poetic and spatial imagination.
She received her Masters of Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Masters of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art in London. After working as a design architect at Gehry Partners for seven years she started Feral Office in 2007.
Berenika’s design projects and installations have been exhibited and published worldwide, including at the Second Moscow Architecture Biennale, the Graphics Triennale in Jyväskylä, Finland and the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Her publications include Fallow City (for Detroit), Visionary Praxis and Cautionary Tales and was included in the anthology, Storytelling Architecture.
About Peter Culley
Peter Culley is the creative leader and founder of Spatial Affairs Bureau - an award-winning architecture, landscape, and design studio based in Los Angeles, Richmond VA and London.
Central to his ethos is being open across disciplines and scales, recognizing and embracing the limits of a scenario, and bringing experts in their fields to enable rich collaborations and productive experimentation. He comes from a background in cultural and civic projects where buildings and landscape are considered hand in hand in search of a delicate balance. He believes that design response is a carefully orchestrated reconciliatory process that operates between a series of intermeshing factors that include site needs and opportunity; client and project premise; creative intuition; and technological pertinence. He is committed to both the outputs of finite physical construction and open-ended theoretic investigation.
Peter’s basis in cultural work stems from a decade with Rick Mather Architects, where, as project director he oversaw the $200m Virginia Museum of Fine Arts museum and campus landscape expansion, and London’s South Bank Centre 30-acre masterplan along the Thames across from the Houses of Parliament. His inherent sense of landscape alongside architecture began earlier working with US landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson as project architect for the National Botanic Garden of Wales Great Glasshouse Interior Landscape, and the National Heritage Lottery Crystal Palace Park remodel and renovation project, together with John Lyall Architects.
Peter Culley has been thesis instructor for the University of Southern California’s Master of Landscape Architecture graduate program; Professor of Practice at Woodbury School of Architecture, Burbank, CA; and diploma tutor in the masters program at the Bartlett, University College London. He is an Associate AIA member, serves on the UK’s RIBA Visiting Board for Architecture School Accreditation, and is trained as a Passive House consultant.
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