B.A., Wesleyan University, 1996
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2003
Benjamin Flowers joined the faculty of architecture in 2005. His work examines architecture as a form of social activity situated within the intersecting spheres of politics, culture, and economy. Looking in particular at skyscrapers and stadiums, he focuses on the ways these structures are constructed, the ends to which they are used, and the nature of public reaction to them. His research has attracted recognition and funding from Columbia University’s Buell Center for Architecture, Cornell University’s John Nolen Fellowship, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Hagley Museum and Library.
He is the author of the forthcoming Beautiful Moves: Designing Stadia (LundHumphries, 2018). His third book Sport and Architecture (Routledge, 2017) is a global survey of the stadium. His second book, Architecture in an Age of Uncertainty (Ashgate Press, 2014), examined the political economy of architecture during the recent great recession. His first book, Skyscraper: The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), was named a 2010 Outstanding Academic Title in Architecture by Choice Magazine. He is the director of Stadia Lab.
Flowers was awarded the School of Architecture’s 2017 Dean William L. Fash Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Design's 2012 Georgia Power Professor of Excellence. In 2008 Flowers was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Design. Flowers received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He grew up in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Bulgaria, Romania, and Washington, DC.
Benjamin Flowers, Sport and Architecture (London: Routledge, 2017)
Benjamin Flowers, Architecture in an Age of Uncertainty (London: Routledge, 2014)
Benjamin Flowers, “Sporting Grounds,” in Offramp 11: Ground (SCI-ARC, 2016) http://sciarc-offramp.info/ground/sporting-grounds
Benjamin Flowers, “Where is Atlanta and How Can I Find It,” Foreword in Jennifer Bonner, A Guide to the Dirty South (London: Artifice Books, 2017)
Benjamin Flowers, “What’s in a Name? How Corporate Bankruptcies and History Shape Stadium Names,” Stadia Magazine (April 2016)
ARCH 2112/6106 History of Architecture II
ARCH 6350 Theory II
ARCH 4803 The Stadium
ARCH 1060 Intro to Architecture and the Built Environment