Jennifer Chen is an architect and designer working across buildings, installation, film and performance. As a project leader for a number of the world’s leading architectural practices she has delivered a range of speculative and built works from the small scale to the monumental. Across her eight years of experience with Heatherwick studio Jennifer has led the celebrated Coal Drops Yard, a £100m redevelopment in London’s King’s Cross, the Pacific Place commercial complex in Hong Kong as well as the intricate canopy over the Victoria & Albert Museum’s main entrance, a rotating footbridge in Shanghai, and a collection of experimental handcrafted structures.
Jennifer also designs for stage and screen, developing various works from a collection of flying drone characters for the Channel 4 science fiction film ‘In the Robot Skies’ and the sellout drone orchestra performance ‘Loop 60hz’ at the Barbican Theatre in London, to the camouflage costumes for the laser scanned film ‘Where the City Can’t See’, a commission for AND Festival and the Chicago Architecture Biennale.
In parallel to her practice work, Jennifer has extensive design studio teaching experience in Australia and the UK, at both undergraduate and master levels. She currently teaches a design unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Through her studios she explores the use of narratives and filmmaking to engage real world sites and issues and to reimagine the traditional roles of the architect.
Jennifer’s work has been published internationally and exhibited at galleries such as Tate Modern, Barcelona’s CCCB and the EYE Institute in Amsterdam. She lectures regularly and has presented at venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and is a guest critic at a range of international universities. Jennifer now develops her diverse project interests as a freelance designer, art director and producer.