Tatiana Berger, M.Arch, Assoc. AIA

Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Architecture
Founder:  Frontiers Colloquium Series in Neuroscience for Architecture
NewSchool of Architecture + Design
Co-Founder, Compostela Research Institute, Spain


Tatiana Berger holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also studied genetics. She has 25 years of international experience in professional practice and education. Tatiana was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and trained in drawing and music at an early age. After completing her graduate Thesis at Princeton under Alan Colquhoun, she collaborated with Alvaro Siza in Portugal, Ostozhenka Architects in Russia, and Baumschlager-Eberle in Austria. 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 office buildings in the Netherlands. In addition to architecture, Berger’s professional experience includes landscape design and urban planning, furniture/product design, project management, and construction administration. Her numerous built works and collaborations were included in international periodicals and presented in exhibitions in Tokyo, Lisbon, Madrid, Moscow, and Venice.

Tatiana Berger is Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego. She is Chair and Curator of the Frontiers Colloquium Series in Neuroscience for Architecture, founded in 2018 with the aim of bringing together international experts for research and debate in neuroscience, cognitive science, and architecture. She is Graduate Program level coordinator and teaches graduate design studio, architectural and urban theory, thesis research, and neuroscience for architecture, as part of the Certificate Program in Neuroscience for Architecture at NewSchool. She has also taught at the graduate level in Boston, MA and Bristol, Rhode Island. In 2010 she co-founded the Compostela Institute: an interdisciplinary, innovative laboratory for research and education in environmental design and building crafts in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She 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.

ANFA Themes

As a practicing architect working in Portugal, Russia, and Austria since 1995, Tatiana Berger has created landscapes, urban environments, and buildings with special attention to human experience and spatial cognition.

As an educator, over the last 6 years, she has worked to facilitate a collaboration between ANFA and the Neuroscience for Architecture Certificate Program at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Diego. This work has included presentations and exhibitions on Neuroscience and Design Culture at the NewSchool and the Compostela Research Institute in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where Berger cotaught with Juhani Pallasmaa and William JR Curtis. To promote ANFA’s mission, she has developed curriculum in Neuroscience for Architecture as part of the Certificate Program and the Summer Intersession at the NewSchool, coordinated student research, and worked to integrate topics in Neuroscience for Architecture in graduate design studio, environmental psychology, and architectural and urban theory courses.

In 2018 she founded the Frontiers Colloquium Series in Neuroscience for Architecture, hosting several colloquia and debates at the NewSchool and participated in the Design and Health Annual Conference in the U.S. Berger delivered lectures at design institutions in Russia and Portugal on Cultural Sustainability, Regionalism, Neuroscience and Phenomenology. She has a special interest in the emotional and multimodal dimensions of experience, as they relate to cultural sustainability of the built environment, and is currently working on a book with Dr. Sergei Gepshtein exploring the many implications of cognitive sciences and neuroscience for architecture. In addition to this work, she plans to edit a collection of essays by scientists, theorists, and architects about the impact of neuroscience and cognitive sciences on interdisciplinary design education.

Select Publications

Alvaro Siza: Chiado in Detail: Babel(2013)

Berger,T. Alvar Aalto – Karelian MasterpieceTheLibrary in Vyborg, English-language editor (2008)

Public LibraryinVianado CasteloPortugal: published in: GA Document, A+U, El Croquis, Domus, Architectural Review, Detail, and Casabella