Camila Perna is an interior architect currently holding a position with Ellipse Architecture in Lausanne, Switzerland. She regularly collaborates with diverse architectural offices, including COCI Studio and DATAROOMS, showcasing a diverse professional activity.
Camila earned her BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London, and pursued further studies in Furniture Craftsmanship and Design at Glasgow City College. In 2023, she completed her education, graduating from the MAIA program at HEAD – Genève with a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture. Before joining HEAD, Camila engaged in scenography for fashion and commercial advertising in London and Paris. She collaborated with artists such as Emma Roach, Thomas Petherick, and Jabez Bartlett, contributing to projects for esteemed clients, including Chanel, Prada, Hermes, and Loewe. Since her graduation, Camila has been actively involved in collaborations with different architecture offices. Her portfolio includes projects like A Door a Jar, part of the 2023 cycle of In:dépendance 2023, hosted by Universum Carrousel Journey under the guidance of Professor Jan de Vylder at ETH Zürich. Other noteworthy projects include her diploma project, A Building as a Well, and From the Table, developed for her Hans Wilsdorf Prize application.
In Circulation: A Building as a Well
The project, In Circulation: A Building as a Well, explores the possibilities of repurposing the space at 84 Rue de Lyon, Geneva. Encompassing an old well and formerly serving as a post office, this location is envisioned as a communal area designed to serve the neighboring inhabitants. The primary focus of the project is on water, with the restoration of the well and the transformation of the building into an infrastructure for collecting and recirculating rainwater and greywater for various uses. Building upon the existing structure, the program is organized into a series of interconnected rooms. These spaces are purposefully designed for activities such as gathering, washing, drinking, and playing. To achieve this, the building is opened through the removal of doors, windows, parts of the facade, the floor, and the roof, allowing easy access for users and inviting other forms of life into the space. The site becomes a place that actively promotes and depends on the coexistence of human and non-human life.