Sven Beirnaert studied typography & design at the Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst, Sint-Lucas Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium. He has been working as an independent graphic designer since 2002. He designed posters and publications for the cultural sector and magazines. Since 2008 his practice 'Atelier Sven Beirnaert' focus on art, design and architecture publications.
Atelier Sven Beirnaert designs both, the interior and exterior of books and has worked with national and international publishers such as Lannoo, Luster, Hatje Kantz, Buchhandlung Walther König, Aperture, Public Space, Schirmer/Mosel and Prestel.
And for museums and galleries such as FoMu (Antwerp), MuZee (Ostend), Wiels (Brussels), STAM (Ghent), Cc M / De Garage, (Mechelen), Gluon (Brussels), Kanal - Centre Pompidou (Brussels), Flemish Architecture Institute (Antwerp), David Zwirner Gallery (New York) and BOZAR (Brussels).
He was selected for the 'Best Designed Books' in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and the 'DAM Architectural Book Award 2014' (Filip Dujardin, Fictions), and won the prizes for the architecture book Antwerp Central, the photo book Archetypes. In 2016 he won the awards for 'Best Dutch and Flemish Books' with the publications Stan Douglas, the Secret Agent and Polo Architects. In 2019 he won the 'DAM Architectural Book Award' (Frankfurt, Germany) and the 'Best Design Book in Flanders 2019' with the publication Léon Stynen, A life of Architecture.