Lina Bondarenko

Lina Bondarenko

San Francisco, CA, US

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Lina Bondarenko is an architect, urban researcher, and speculative designer working in San Francisco, CA and Copenhagen, DK.  She is currently an urban planner at Ideo and Gehl Studio and has 6 years of architectural design and leadership experience at Bjarke Ingels Group, REX, and Rebar, designing high profile projects for Google, Smithsonian, Mercedes Benz, real estate developers, independent cultural institutions, temporary urban interventions, and city master-plans. Her strengths are collaborative sketch ideation, contextual urban research, spatial modeling, system design iteration, and graphic presentation narratives. She loves leading a team to uncover the overall vision of a project as well as zooming in to develop performative programmatic specifics.  In 2017, she co-founded Patternist , an augmented reality platform for urban pattern recognition, and lived in Moscow to participate in Strelka, an inter-disciplinary postgraduate think tank, speculating on the future design of technology, cities, and geopolitics. In 2013, she co-founded international design collective afoam. She is most driven when collaborating in a diverse team designing a future with ambitious goals that exceed what initially appears possible.



afoam, New York, NY, US, Co-Founder, Architectural Designer

Jan 2013 - current

Gehl, San Francisco, CA, US, Freelance Designer

Feb 2019 - Apr 2019

IDEO, San Francisco, Urban Planner

Oct 2018 - Dec 2018

BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, NY, US, Designer, Project Leader

Jun 2013 - Nov 2016

REX, New York, NY, US, Designer

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012


Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, Russia, The New Normal

Urban design, planetary scale computation, geopolitics, speculative design

Jan 2017 - Jul 2017

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, bachelor of architecture

Aug 2007 - May 2012

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