Ben Kraft

Ben Kraft

Minneapolis MN



I will soon earn his Master of Architecture at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Working with a design / build thesis project has really helped me develop a keen interest in liveability, detail, constructability and being especially conscious of project budget.

The thesis project is focused on the potential of tiny-house design and principles to alleviate the financial barriers to housing families in rural Southeast Alaska experience. The project emphasizes giving space a measurable value rather than merely measuring its quantity, and I am building a 8.5’ by 26’ dynamic representation of “how we live,” which maximizes quality of life in minimal space - for under $13K. The project demonstrates the material and financial realities of home-making by viewing it through the lens of affordability and incorporating small architecture ethos (marine, rv (mobile), and tiny house).

I am a former Navy sailor, and my service reinforced in me many traits that would benefit your team and work environment. I am motivated, hard-working, have excellent time management skills, and I work well in a collaborative team environment. Similarly, I am proficient in both integrative digital design tools (Revit, Autocad) and hands-on construction.

f you do not have any internships opportunities at this time, I hope you can assist me in generating connections with other designers / builders in the Pacific Northwest area who may have internships available. I am originally from Sitka, Alaska and I am very eager to get back to the coast. I look forward to hearing from you and greatly appreciate any guidance you can offer.


Center for Sustainable Building Research, Minneapolis, MN, US, Research Assistant

Analyzed and documented ‘The Rose,’ a four story, 90-unit apartment building by Aeon together with Hope Community Partners. The project is using the International Living Futures Institute's Living Building Challenge (2.1) as a framework for sustainability design and planning. My specific focus within the framework was interpreting the biophilia petal of the LBC into a practical and replicable pattern of language.

Jun 2014 - current

CDES W.L. Hall Workshop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Shop Assistant

Responsibilities at the workshop include providing user assistance, training and supervision while offering users an extensive knowledge of materials, tools processes and safety.

Aug 2012 - current

U.S. Navy, Seattle, WA, US, Petty Officer 3rd Class USN and USNR

Responsibilities in the Navy included: operating passive and active sonar as a Sonar Technician. Creating, executing and supervising of pre-depolyment training as an Enlisted Training Department Officer. Creating, executing and supervising of command sponsored physical readiness as Enlisted Physical Fitness Coordinator and Enlisted Fitness Enhancement Program Coordinator.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2008


University of Minnesota, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2012 - current

University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2012

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