Hello, I’m Benjamin. 
Architecture - Urbanism : Strategic Design - Research 
Focused on the points of convergence between space, politics and society. 
Founder of Benjamin Wells Studio.
Founding member of Medium - a design and research collective based in Copenhagen.
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Architect MAA and researcher currently based in Copenhagen, whose work spans a range of mediums and scales - from ambitious built projects to temporary installations and published research. Works collaboratively across a number of disciplines and with institutions including the Danish Architecture Center, The Danish Association of Architects and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.  
Design
Master of Architecture from Political Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The Agonistic City  was awarded several international prizes (see below) and exhibited in Copenhagen, Tbilisi, Madrid, Venice and Chengdu.
Recent and ongoing projects include a new build house in Surrey, UK, a permanent pavilion for the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale supported by the European Union, and a brick installation for Roskilde festival in Denmark.
Research
Published research projects include Innovation by Design - five texts commissioned to accompany the Danish pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale (commissioned by curator Natalie Mossin and the Danish Architecture Center). Regular critic and contributor, published in PLAT Journal, Blueprint Magazine, arcspace.com, Hammock, BRACKET, Transient Space Journal and more.
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Held positions at 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. 
BA (Hons) Architecture from the University of Sheffield with First Class Honours - awarded the Stephen Welsh Prize in Architecture and achieved the highest mark in over 10 years.
Invited to participate in On Cities at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, led by MIT City Science Group. Invited to participate in the UN Innovation Lab UNLEASH in Singapore, with other 'talents' from across a range of disciplines and geographies.
Guest critic at several institutions including the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
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Awards
WAS Awards - First Prize. The Agonistic City
YTAA Award - Nominated and Shortlisted. The Agonistic City. Exhibited at the 2018 Venice Biennale 
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
The Stephen Welsh Prize in Architecture - (Sheffield University) York Cycle Station
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Events
Invited scholar - On Cities at the Norman Foster Foundation with Kent Larsen (MIT) and Norman Foster. Madrid, June 2018.
Invited International Partner - Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, ongoing research project and built installation.
Curator - seminar series on African Architecture and Design, exploring themes of informality, digital connectivity, fashion culture and sustainable consumption. KADK, Spring 2018
Talks - presentations at the Danish Association of Architects, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Sheffield University, the Union of International Architects World Congress in Seoul.
Invited Talent - UN Innovation Lab, UNLEASH. Intensive 8 day innovation process, working towards solutions for more sustainable and inclusive cities. Singapore, June 2018.
Curator and moderator - exhibition and accompanying symposium in Tbilisi, Georgia. May 2017. Moderated panel discussion on the role of architecture and architects in Tbilisi.
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Features
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Publications
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
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Photography - Film
Photography exhibited in Bristol, London and Copenhagen. Click for more.
Film projects include Projekt København, premiered at ‘CAN’T WIN. DON’T TRY (An Art Show)' event in April 2016. Curated by Vice London.
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