ABOUT

Benjamin J. Smith, Ph.D. is a scholar, designer, and educator whose work locates advanced practices for architecture. Smith’s view on architectural production negotiates design technique and aesthetic sensibility with the belief that architecture should engage the discipline with a rigorous theoretical conversation that influences present concerns. Observing that design instigates vision, that analysis provides critique, and that the synthesis of vision and critique establishes domains of value that architecture addresses, he works to reveal architecture’s results through its effects. His practice, ooffcie DESIGN, approaches architecture through ideas and objects, and concepts and buildings that intersect function and abstraction, need and desire, and the virtual and the actual—fusing poetic, whimsical, critical, and technical qualities. Smith’s recent scholarship, which has been featured nationally and internationally, has centered on the disciplinary evolution of architecture through institutional and pedagogical developments in education. His dissertation research, “With and Without Walls: The Southern California Institute of Architecture and a New School of Los Angeles Architects in the 1970s and 1980s,” examined the institutional history of SCI-Arc and the architects who taught there amid a postmodern climate. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of Graduate Architecture at Tulane School of Architecture. Prior to joining Tulane University, Smith taught at SCI-Arc and University of Michigan and worked for internationally recognized firms such as Morphosis Architects and George Yu Architects in Los Angeles, California. His degrees include a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, an M.Arch from SCI-Arc, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.­

email: bsmith34@tulane.edu