Carina Bien-Willner

Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture


  • Architecture
Carina Bien-Willner

CAPLA East Building

Areas of Expertise

  • Architectural design
  • Furniture design
  • Product design
  • Professional architectural practice


  • B.Arch, The University of Arizona


Carina Bien-Willner is an award-winning architect registered in California and Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona Bachelor of Architecture program in 2003 where she received the Alpha Rho Chi medal + certificate for leadership, service and professional merit.  

Prior to the founding of her firm in Los Angeles, Carina worked on a wide variety of award-winning projects including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, where she managed both design and construction. Carina founded Bien-Willner Architects in 2010 with a determination to establish a practice that operates on the principals of land ethic, collaboration and responsibility to community. She is committed to pursuing the poetic relationship between dwelling and the human experience. In 2013, she received the Curbed Young Gun award recognizing the brightest up-and-coming architects and designers under 35. Her work has been featured in Civil Engineering, Architectural Record, Interior Design, LUXE and Curbed.

In 2017, while her private practice continued to grow, Carina co-founded a furniture line. The "Noninoni Crib" garnered immediate attention in the baby space and has received several awards including winner for Outstanding Baby Product in 2017.

Carina is currently teaching Third Year Urban Design Studio 302 at CAPLA, which she joined in 2022.