Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

New York, NY, US

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Experienced junior designer from Berkeley, California with a B.Arch. degree passionate in art, design, technology, and education. Interested in bringing nature back into cities, creating meaningful human experiences, and providing communities and students with the knowledge and tools necessary to innovate.


The Architectural League of New York, New York, NY, US, Volunteer

Help greet and check in professionals to lecture series, student programs, and monthly social events

May 2018 - current

Nelligan White Architects, New York, NY, US, Designer

Prepared, developed, and edited drawings for the reconstruction of historic buildings, from ideation to execution

Managed information exchange and provided critical feedback to stakeholders during progress meetings

Nov 2018 - Sep 2019

Carlo Ratti Associati, Turin, IT, Junior Architect

Developed sensorial experiences and spaces at the intersection of nature and technology

Brainstormed to develop creative concepts and design options according to project briefs and objectives

Researched and critically analyzed cities’ technological, industrial, and cultural developments in seven countries

Interfaced with MIT professors and international design consultants via educational workshops

Oct 2017 - Sep 2018

iFixit, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Parts Tester

Tested and repaired various Apple devices while communicating with Directors and motivating team members

Jul 2017 - Sep 2017

Queensland University Of Technology, Sydney, AU, Media Architecture Biennale Student Volunteer

Assisted in the implementation of designed programs to ensure engaging environments between professionals

Jun 2016 - Jun 2016

Desmos, San Francisco, CA, US, Video and Web Design Intern

Directed and produced first ‘about’ video while coordinating with CEO

Jan 2016 - Mar 2016

Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Teaching Assistant

Taught students how to enhance architectural images with Director Vickie Aubourg

Researched initial solutions to blight in Detroit with professor Robert Arens

Oct 2014 - Jun 2015

Gelfand Partners Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Architecture Intern

Assisted architects, project managers, and Mayor's office with affordable housing schematics

Worked heavily in construction documentation and construction administration phases

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sustainable architecture with a focus on electrical engineering to create spaces and experiences that sense and respond to the human body while bringing nature back into cities.

Sep 2012 - Jun 2017


ADD: Architecture, Design, and Discourse - project published, Honorable Mention

Every year, select works of Cal Poly's architecture students are collected and published in the ADD: Architecture, Design, and Discourse book. The publication showcases some of the past year's best work from our school, including student projects, alumni work and photography features.


NKA Foundation - project nominated to be built, Nomination

The competition was open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world. The challenge was to design a single-family unit on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The client of the design entry is the middle-income family at any township in the region. Total costs of constructing the design entry was capped at $6,000.


Berkeley High Hopes Scholar, Scholarship

The High Hopes Scholarship Program is a college success program designed to provide mentorship, programs, community support, and resources to motivated and resilient college-bound seniors from Berkeley public high schools. Scholars receive a scholarship of $16,000, payable in installments of $2,000 twice a year for four years.


Students Rising Above Scholarship, Scholarship

The Rising Stars Program recognizes students with potential and understands the obstacles they must overcome. Investing in first-generation students in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area, Students Rising Above (SRA) provides a unique level of support that’s comprehensive, student-centric, and highly personal.


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