Boberska Berenika is an architect, installation artist and urban provocateuse.
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 for Frank Gehry for seven years, on the Spruce Tower in Manhattan and the Princeton Science Library amongst other projects, she started her own practice in Los Angeles in 2007. Feral Office, a visionary praxis engaged in architecture, urban and rural prototypes and experiments, won the international competition for the Architecture &Design Festival Pavilion in Novosibirsk, Russia, and was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize in 2010. The Award is given to the best among the contemporary architects of the young generation for the most original, authentic and innovative concept of architecture.
Berenika Boberska describes her practice as being “akin to a laboratory”, exploring the specific situations and “spatial specimens” of the hinterlands of Los Angeles and the peri-urban desert – with their particular mixture of wilderness, technology and human eccentricities. She is currently working on California City Laboratory and the concept of Solar Baroque – creating prototypes for a more spatial and occupiable energy production, where inspiration is taken in equal measure from collaboration with scientists as well as fairy-tale narratives and the poetic imagination.
Berenika’s design projects and installations have been exhibited and published in Europe and the US, including at the Second Moscow Architecture Biennale, the Graphics Triennale in Jyväskylä, Finland and the University of Wyoming Art Museum, amongst others.