Benjamin Nielsen

Benjamin Nielsen

Portland, OR, US



+urban designer  +mapmaker  +budding architect  +occasional graphic designer  +erstwhile artist

My  journey in designing the built environment began when, as a six year old, I became fascinated with maps and immediately began designing my own cities, drawing maps, and eventually buildings, on paper. Since then, I have had the good fortune to use that same imaginative thinking as a professional architectural and urban designer. 


SERA Architects, Portland, OR, US, Urban Designer + Planner / Architectural Project Assistant

Apr 2007 - Oct 2012

Urbsworks Urban Design, Portland, OR, US, Urban Designer

Sep 2005 - Apr 2007

Denise Drake Interior Design, Fargo, ND, Designer / Drafter

Nov 2002 - Sep 2003


University of Oregon in Portland, Portland, OR, US, MArch, Portland Urban Architecture

Portland urban architecture program.
Graduate Teaching Fellow in 2005.

Sep 2003 - Sep 2005

Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, magna cum laude.
Minor in German.
Dean’s List. Dean’s Scholarship. Kenya Summer Abroad Program, Mombasa, Kenya.

Aug 1998 - May 2002

Denmark International Study Program, Copenhagen, DK, Architecture

Studied Scandinavian architecture with specific focuses in Scandinavian housing and urban design.

Aug 2001 - Dec 2001

Areas of Specialization