After obtaining his Laurea Magistrale (Master's degree) in Architecture in 2010 from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, Bernardino took up an internship at CMMKM. He was working as an architectural engineer on various research-driven projects, such as gridshell.it, where he was responsible for the structural design of a series of prototypes, including ReSonant String Shell, a timber acoustic shell for outdoor chamber music concerts. He was also involved in a joint research collaboration between the department of Construction and Mathematical Methods in Architecture (University of Naples Federico II) and the department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (University of Chieti-Pescara G. D’Annunzio, Italy) where he carried out theoretical and laboratory test-based investigations on a novel lightweight cold-formed steel beam. In October 2012 he joined the School of Engineering and the Built Environment of Edinburgh Napier University, as a PhD candidate, to develop computer-aided methods for the design of free-form grid-shell structural systems.
Bernardino's research interests lie in the general realm of design, analysis and fabrication of sustainable buildings and structures with focus on Computational Structural Design and Optimization.
In February 2017, he created with his colleague Dr Francesco Pomponi the REBEL (Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab) Group, which aims to address sustainability issues in the built environment holistically.