Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health
348 Gould Hall
Seattle WA 98195-5734
Ben Spencer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and a Director and President Emeritus of Architects Without Borders-Seattle. His practice, research and teaching explore design activism in developing communities and champion design as a vehicle for environmental regeneration, social justice and cultural resilience. His current work focuses on two sites in Peru. In Ventarron, a town and archeological reserve in Northern Peru, he is working with the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan, the UNESCO Chair of Bergamo and the community of Ventarron to establish community-based cultural heritage tourism at the site and develop several associated design projects. In Lomas de Zapallal, a slum in Northern Lima, he is working with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Washington and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and community leaders to design, implement and evaluate the impacts of small scale, ecologically intelligent interventions in community infrastructure.
Ben lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and 1 year old son.View Professor Spencer's CV