OPENSTUDIO Jennifer Beningfield
Jennifer Beningfield

Jennifer is the founding principal of Openstudio Architects. She oversees every project, from spatial strategies and design concepts, to construction and completion. She brings her experience of working at the highest level of international practice to all the studio’s design work.

Jennifer is a RIBA and ARB registered architect. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (with Distinction) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a Masters in Architecture degree from Princeton University in the United States. Jennifer also holds a PhD in architecture and landscape from the University of London. She has been a visiting critic and lecturer at universities in South Africa, the USA and the UK.

Before founding Openstudio Jennifer worked in the offices of several prominent practices in the UK, the USA and South Africa. These include: David Chipperfield Architects in London, Ralph Lerner Architects in Princeton, Smith-Miller Hawkinson in New York, Machado and Silvetti in Boston, and Jo Noero Architects in Johannesburg. Her experience in these practices includes: a private apartment in Kensington Palace Gardens and the installation of the Francis Bacon studio into the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin; the Roebling Science Museum in Trenton, the Corning Glass Museum in New York State, the Getty Antiquities Museum in Malibu, California, the Ernsting Service Centre in Germany; Bryant Park Hotel in New York and the Duduza Resource Centre in Johannesburg.

Projects for Openstudio include the refurbishment and extension of a number of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings in London, new-build private houses in London and South Africa, a new-build apartment building in Strutton Ground and the Westminster Fire Station development in London, for Alchemi Group.