Ben Peterson is the Director of Practice Instruction and Student Support at the Boston Architectural College, where he is responsible for the development and delivery of a curriculum in Practice. Ben also directs the College's Gateway Initiative, a program that offers students the opportunity to participate in design work with community partners as clients and collaborators.
Ben received a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and an MArch from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he focused his studies on the intersections of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure. While at RISD, Ben co-edited a publication cataloguing the work of RISD's faculty and students engaged in design work in the developing world. He also participated in an interdisciplinary design studio that developed a comprehensive curricular and spatial master plan for a university dedicated to sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica.
In addition to teaching as a member of the faculty of both the BAC and Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ben was Lead Faculty for the BAC's Summer Academy, a summer program in design exploration for high school students. He has practiced with several local design offices, serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) of Boston, and has recently completed his first work, a house on a tidal shore in Maine, under the auspices of his independent practice collective PoLAR. Ben has hunted octopi off the coast of Zanzibar island, documented water infrastructures in the deserts of Rajasthan, and loves playing frisbee with his Australian Shepherd, Nellie.