Hello, I’m Benjamin Wells. Architecture - Urbanism : Design - Writing
Currently based between Copenhagen and London.
Focused on the points of convergence between urban form, politics and society.
Master of Architecture from Political Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The Agonistic City (thesis project) attempted to redesign processes of urbanism in the capital of Georgia through proposing an architecture which facilitates city making as a collective, democratic endeavour. The project was awarded several international prizes (see below) and exhibited in Copenhagen and Venice. Accompanying the architectural proposition was the organisation, design and curation of Another Architecture - a three day public exhibition and symposium in Tbilisi which explored the potential of the idea of the project.
Recent and ongoing projects include a new build house in Surrey, UK, a permanent installation at the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale, and a brick installation at Roskilde festival in Denmark.
Written projects include five texts to accompany the Danish pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale (invited by curator Natalie Mossin), and an upcoming publication investigating the relationship between architecture and sustainable development.
Published contributions for arcspace.com, PLAT Journal, BRACKET and Transient Space Journal.
London based architects Carmody Groarke - projects included a restaurant in Soho, a museum in Dorset, a tower in Canary Wharf and a Maggie’s Centre on the Wirral in Liverpool. The Maggie’s Centre received the Architects Journal Small Projects Award, two RIBA Awards and a Civic Trust Award.
First Class BA in Architecture from Sheffield University - thesis project York Cycle Station was awarded the Stephen Welsh Prize. The project achieved the highest mark in over 10 years at Sheffield School of Architecture.
Workshop scholarships include On Cities at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, and the UN innovation lab UNLEASH in Singapore.
Guest reviewer at several institutions including the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
WAS Awards - First Prize. The Agonistic City
YTAA Award - Nominated and Shortlisted. The Agonistic City. Exhibited at Venice Biennale 2018
Creative Conscience - Winner. The Agonistic City
World Architecture Awards - Jury Winner. The Agonistic City
Social Tectonics competition - 2nd Prize. Ishinomaki Port Exhibited in Copenhagen and Tokyo
CHART 2018 - Honourable Mention. The Collaboratory
Architects Journal Small Project Award - First Prize (Maggie's Merseyside with Carmody Groarke)
RIBA Award - Regional and Small Project Award (Maggie's Merseyside with Carmody Groarke)
CHART 2016 - Finalist. Veneer of Solidity
Sir John Soane's Museum Monumentality competition - Shortlisted
Invited scholar - On Cities at the Norman Foster Foundation with Kent Larsen (MIT) and Norman Foster. Madrid, June 2018.
Curator - seminar series on African Architecture and Design, exploring themes of informal urbanism, digital connectivity, fashion culture and sustainable consumption. KADK, Spring 2018
Lecturer - Presentation of the Agonistic City at the Danish Association of Architects. May 2018
Invited Talent - UN Innovation Lab, UNLEASH. Intensive 8 day innovation process, working towards more sustainable and inclusive cities. Singapore, June 2018.
Curator - exhibition and accompanying symposium in Tbilisi, Georgia. May 2017.
Interview with Tbilisi Architecture Network
PLAT 7.0 - Collectivity. Project and essay, The Agonistic City. Published autumn 2018
Innovation by Design. Series of 5 essays, commissioned by the curator of the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018. Published autumn 2018.
Conscious Cities essay. Autumn 2018.
An Architecture of Degrowth - arcspace.com. February 2018
Constructing Diversity - arcspace.com. April 2018
Powering our Common Future: Urbanism in the Commonwealth. May 2018