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Associate Principal

Collaborative, hopeful, and committed to creating places that empower communities and ecosystems to thrive.

Ben was drawn to Union’s work at a variety of scales, their commitment to the civic and environmental responsibility of buildings, and the challenge of bringing traditional and regional building practices into contemporary times. He has worked on community planning initiatives, existing building retrofits, and affordable, modular, multifamily, student, and Living Community Challenge housing projects across the country. Ben is actively involved in expanding Union’s culture of mentorship and inclusive sustainability. In the fall of 2019, Ben and his husband relocated to Philadelphia, where he now brings a Union presence to the mid-Atlantic region.

An occasional writer, Ben has contributed essays to the Common Edge Collaborative, a national website that connects the public to pressing issues in the built environment. When not behind a computer screen, he volunteers with the Community Design Collaborative and is a member of the vestry of St. Peter’s Church, a progressive Episcopal parish in Philadelphia. Ben has sat on the Providence Preservation Society’s Planning & Architectural Review committee, the board of DownCity Design, and served as an ACE mentor and curriculum committee member.

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.