Benjamin began his architectural studies at the University of Kentucky - College of Design (UK/CoD) under the tenure of Dean Michael Speaks, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 2013. Benjamin has participated in design studios, seminars and workshops domestically in California, Kentucky and Ohio and internationally in the Netherlands and Taiwan. He currently works for Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA) in Los Angeles, and has worked professionally for OMA in New York and more recently for Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with UNStudio in Amsterdam. Benjamin’s currently pursuing his Masters in Architecture at the University of California - Los Angeles.
NMDA_Neil M. Denari Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Intern
9000 Wilshire :: Beverly Hills, CA
Wildwood School :: Los Angeles,CA
UNStudio, Amsterdam, NL, Architecture Trainee
I worked in a small design team participating in all phases of design including competition entries, concept design, schematic design and design development. I was given responsibility within all facets of the design process including designing, digital modeling, developing parametric scripts, producing diagrams, renderings and supporting drawings for internal and external presentations, and designing, consructing and documenting physical models for internal studies and final presentations. In addition to understanding and developing the formal language within the office, my personal interest in parametric tools allowed me to develop more intelligent methods for designing and constructing from the scale of the designed object to the scale of urban planning. The work I developed explored several typologies and scales. I assisted in the following projects:
- Astana Expo 2017 - urban design competition
- Mercedes Benz Retail 2020 - retail design / branding competition
- Osaka Umetika Urban Development - urban design competition
- Atrium Building (Atriumgebouw) - transformation design competition
- Baku White City Retail Building - design development
- Baku White City Office Building - concept design, schematic design and design development
- Baku White City Twin Office Buildings - schematic design and design development
- Baku White City Bank Building - concept design
- Zuidschans Office Tower - design development
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, Fabrication Assistant
The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides a safe, well-maintained environment in which both students and faculty can explore three-dimensional construction in most mediums. My responsibilities included the general overseeing of modeling and fabrication in addition to assisting students with shop machinery, file preparations and fabrication advice.
OMA, New York, NY, US, Extern
As a two-week externship organized by the University of Kentucky College of Design, I assisted in two teams with projects in various phases of development. Specifically, I assisted in developing and documenting physical models for a Coach flagship store prototype as well as developing interior schemes for a private residence in Japan.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, BArch, Architecture