Ben Prager

Ben Prager

New York, NY, US



Powerful design demands both poetry and pragmatism. 

Whimsy and passion can increase profit and align pragmatism. Beauty can open opportunities for increased rates of return. A pro-forma plugged into Grasshopper can alter a perspective rendered in Rhino and Photoshop that proves to a client that the better design proposal is the one with a greater ROI.

I look forward to bringing my multi-disciplinary design skills, developed through my work experience, MBA, and M.Arch education, to a full-time professional design position. I seek the opportunity to develop detail CAD and Revit drawings, the visionary parametric models and perspective renderings, and the rigorous project metrics and financials that will help me grow as a designer.


Ismael Leyva Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Oct 2014 - current

Urban Interactions Lab (UIxD), Barcelona, ES, Researcher + Teaching Assistant

assisting with development of Social Simulation tool for scripting and visualizing urban interaction characteristics
led workshops in Rhino+Grasshopper concentrating on Excel, OSM, Galapagos, and Elk work flow for urban design
critiqued 9 students on urban intervention proposals, data visualization, and data management methodology

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, Conference Director for Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES)

managed team of 25+ to organize 20th annual HOPES sustainability conference
performed holistic gap analysis to identify opportunities for improving organizational structure
developed and executed integrated strategic plan to increase cross-disciplinary student involvement

Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

Digital Media Collaborative, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, President + Treasurer + Project Manager

founded student digital fabrication + computation group
organized and led workshops in Rhino, Grasshopper + plug-ins, VRay, Photoshop, and Illustrator
raised $1500 for student-run design build project
managed design\build teams of over 10 members

Sep 2011 - Jun 2014

Nova Terra Management, LLC, Somerset, NJ, US, Managing Member

raised capital for property acquisition and brought over $1m of assets under management
projected earnings estimates and completed bookkeeping and tax accounting
performed preventative property maintenance

Feb 2008 - Jun 2014

Speranza Architecture, Eugene, OR, US, Architectural Intern

created pro forma analysis for 60,000+ sq.ft. for urban entrepreneurial maker\incubator space
evaluated 18 acre urban riverfront property for development + created financial visualization tool
developed 3D site + building model, rendered interior and exterior perspectives, generated plans and sections
delivered presentations to the Eugene City Manager, members of city planning, and private client

Dec 2013 - Mar 2014

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, Graduate Teaching Fellow

taught AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Rhino, VRay, Grasshopper to 30+ students
critiqued students’ design communication during formal pinups
developed class lectures for course website

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, Studio Researcher

researched amazonian informal urbanism data for analysis using Rhino + Grasshopper, Processing, and QGIS
developed neural network algorithm to support cellular automata simulation of informal urban growth in belem, brazil
supported undergraduate student design process by developing and leading Grasshopper workshops

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, Commercialization Intern

completed feasibility study to optimize distribution, manufacturing, and operations strategies for graphene
identified commercialization opportunities for graphene startup
presented gap analysis findings to startup founders

Dec 2012 - Apr 2013

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, Digital Media Teaching Assistant

led architecture student group discussions on design media and systems thinking theory
evaluated and provided feedback for architecture students' work in design communication
led design media labs, giving instruction in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as Rhino 3D with V-Ray and Grasshopper

Apr 2012 - Jun 2012

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York, NY, US, Senior Associate

managed and distributed tasks for internal and external clients to create high quality deliverables to assist in vendor selection, increase efficiencies, cut costs under tight IRS deadlines
created presentations for vendor selection regarding new IRS 1099 and 1042-S cost basis reporting rules for use on client bids
managed team members in multiple “fire-drill” situations by prioritizing and delegating tasks for high priority, short term projects
reviewed Associates’ and Senior Associates’ T-SQL and PL/SQL code for accuracy and reviewed results for propriety and usefulness
prepared and presented findings to acquire new project work

May 2009 - May 2010

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, New York, NY, US, Associate

standardized, extracted, cleansed, normalized, and validated data using Excel, T-SQL, PL/SQL, Access, VBA, UltraEdit, and other tools
created documentation standards; created summary level reports to assist upper management in decision making processes
assisted IT teams and various business units at a Fortune 500 company in developing business requirements documentation to drive 1099 and 1042s tax reporting

Jul 2007 - Jun 2009

North Brunswick Township High School, North Brunswick, NJ, High School Latin Teacher

gave daily instruction on latin grammar and advanced latin literature, including works of ovid, vergil, and catullus
created, administered, and graded daily homework and quizzes
served as the faculty advisor to the latin club

Aug 2005 - May 2006


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, Masters, Master of Business Administration

Concentration in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Aug 2012 - Aug 2014

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Concentrations in Design Media + Computation and Sustainable Design

Jun 2010 - Jun 2014

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts

Majors in Economics and Classics, Minor in Mathematics

Sep 2003 - May 2007


School of Architecture and Allied Arts Travel Fund, Scholarship

$2000 award for travel to Wales related to thesis investigation of the use of reed in building construction and short term apprenticeship with Master Thatcher.


School of Architecture and Allied Arts Travel Fund, Scholarship

$500 award for travel to Japan related to thesis investigation of the use of reed in building construction.


Rome 2012 Program Scholarship, Scholarship

Awarded based on essay review by the Study Abroad Scholarship Committee.


The Irene and Robert P. Bozzone '55 Fellowship in Management & Technology, Scholarship

This fellowship provides significant funding toward the Lally School of Management MBA program for a student with demonstrated interest and skills in the field of manufacturing. It is awarded on a competitive basis.


Bear, Stearns, and Co. Merit Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

For a student majoring in economics in preparation for a career in business.


Areas of Specialization