Jennifer Beningfield is an architect and the founding principal of London-based Openstudio Architects. The work of the practice reflects Jennifer’s interest in collaboration, research and landscape, as well as sustainable design strategies, materials and technologies. Openstudio has won two open RIBA housing competitions, most recently for the zero-carbon Homes of 2030, and was shortlisted for the Centenary Square open RIBA competition. The studio has been shortlisted for the NLA Awards, the WAN House of the Year award and exhibited an installation at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Openstudio recently won the The Plan 2023 Housing Award for Westminster Fire Station and is shortlisted for the Brick 24 Award.
Jennifer was educated in South Africa, the US and the UK – and holds a BArch from the University of the Witwatersrand, a MArch from Princeton University and a PhD in architecture and landscape from The Bartlett, UCL. She has been a visiting critic, lecturer and external examiner at universities in South Africa, the USA and the UK. The Frightened Land, her book on the layered meaning of place, buildings and landscapes in 20th century South Africa, was published by Routledge in 2006.