• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Director, Architects Without Borders

348 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

Phone Number: 
206-685-4539
Email: 
bspen@uw.edu
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Biography 

Benjamin R. Spencer is an Associate Professor in the University of Washington, Department of Landscape Architecture, and the director of the Informal Urban Communities Initiative. Ben’s work is collaborative and interdisciplinary. It integrates research, practice, service and teaching and explores the relationship between the built environment, ecology and health in developing urban communities. It champions design and technology as vehicles for human well-being, environmental regeneration and social justice. His recent and ongoing projects include the community-driven participatory design and implementation of public green space and point of use water interventions in informal urban communities in Peru and Nepal.

Education 
  • MArch (University of Virginia)
  • MLA (University of Virginia)
  • BA (University of Virginia)
Country Affiliations 
Languages 
  • Nepali
  • Spanish
  • Tetum
Health Topics 
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Urban Health
Publications 

forthcoming Spencer, Ben. “Engaging the Field Experience: Integrated, Interdisciplinary, On-Site, Enduring” In Bryan Bell and Lisa Albendroth (Eds.). Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. Book to be published by Routledge. Anticipated publication date, 2017.

forthcoming Hou, Jeff, Ben Spencer and Daniel Winterbottom. “Whole-Systems Public Interest Design Education: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington” In Bryan Bell and Lisa Albendroth (Eds.). Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. Book to be published by Routledge. Anticipated publication date, 2017.

2016 Spencer, Ben and Susan Bolton. 2016. “Emergent Convergent: Technology and the Informal Urban Communities Initiative”. In Daniel Ortega and Jonathan Anderson (Eds.). Innovations in Landscape Architecture. Routledge, UK. pp. 205-222