Holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms.Berger has more than 20 years of international experience in professional practice and education. She has served as a project manager and architect with Alvaro Siza Architects, Portugal; senior manager of the 2014 Sochi Olympics project, ILF Consulting Engineers, Austria/Russia; project manager with Baumschlager-Eberle, Austria; designer with Richard Meier and Partners, New York. During her time in New York and Europe, she studied with eminent historians and architectural critics, Kenneth Frampton, Alan Colquhoun, William JR Curtis, and Juhani Pallasmaa. She worked with two Pritzker-Prize winning architects to design and build diverse, international projects: public libraries and museums in northern Portugal, commercial and residential buildings in Lisbon, single-family housing in Beijing, a school of art and design in Pasadena, and an office tower in the Netherlands. In addition to architecture, Berger’s professional experience includes landscape design and urban planning, furniture/product design, and construction administration. Her numerous built works and collaborations were published in international periodicals and presented in exhibitions in Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, and Venice.
Ms. Berger is Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego. She is Second Year Level Coordinator in the Graduate Architecture Program and a former Chair of the NewSchool Curriculum and Academic Policy Council. She teaches graduate design studio, architectural and urban theory, thesis research, and neuroscience and architecture, as part of the new Certificate Program in Neuroscience and Architecture at NewSchool. She has been a professor at the Boston Architectural College and Roger Williams University. In 2010 Ms.Berger co-founded with Prof.Carlos Seoane the Compostela Institute, an interdisciplinary, innovative laboratory for research and education in environmental design and building crafts in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Berger was an invited juror and guest speaker at ETH Zurich, Porto School of Architecture, Moscow Architectural Institute, Princeton University, and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She speaks Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Ms.Berger has lectured internationally on architectural education and topics in regional architecture and cultural sustainability. She recently delivered a lecture on Neuroscience and Architecture in Moscow, Russia. Ms.Berger has brought internationally renowned architects and designers to the NewSchool as Chair of the Lecture Series Committee and is now embarking on a new project called Frontiers, a monthly colloquium aimed to bring together international experts for research and debate in neuroscience and architecture.