Jennifer Beningfield


Jennifer, founder of Openstudio Architects, believes passionately that to build is both a privilege and a responsibility. Her conviction that every client deserves an exceptional project drives us to work from first principles, without preconceptions, in order to create innovative projects that transcend trends and endure over time. She is closely involved with every project; from spatial strategies and design concepts to completion, and brings her experience of working at the highest level of international practice to our work.

Born in South Africa, she studied for a professional architecture degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, before being awarded a scholarship for a Masters in Architecture at Princeton University in the USA. She completed a PhD in architecture and landscape at UCL, which resulted in her book, The Frightened Land (Routledge, 2006).

Before founding Openstudio she worked in the offices of Jo Noero Architects in Johannesburg, Ralph Lerner Architects in Princeton, Smith-Miller Hawkinson in New York, Machado and Silvetti in Boston, and David Chipperfield Architects in London. Her experience in these practices includes the Corning Glass Museum in New York State, the Getty Antiquities Museum in Malibu, California and the installation of the Francis Bacon studio into the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

She has been involved in design studios, theory seminars and lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand, Princeton University, the Architectural Association, the Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Virginia and Liverpool University.