Professor of Architecture Dr. Benjamin Flowers has been named Associate Director of the Knowlton School. The new position will join the leadership team of Knowlton School Director Dorothée Imbert, whose four-year term begins autumn semester 2020. The Associate Director position is appointed for a term concurrent with the Director.
“The Associate Director will focus on academic administration and work closely with the section heads and me," said Imbert. "This position will be a tremendous asset to the Knowlton School, allowing us to develop a strategic vision while responding to a rapidly changing health, economic, and social context.”
"I am enthusiastic about joining the leadership team in Knowlton and about this opportunity to support the research, teaching, and service endeavors of our students, faculty, and staff," said Flowers. "The disciplines in our School address the built and designed environment across a range of scales—building, landscape, and city. They are the terrains where many of the most pressing conflicts in our society occur. And so, as we endeavor to educate the next generation of practitioners and scholars in these disciplines, we have a unique opportunity to engage with and redress the inequalities that too often are materialized in the environment around us."
Prior to joining the Knowlton School in 2019, Dr. Flowers was a Professor of Architecture in the College of Design and Associate Vice Provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Joining the Georgia Tech faculty as part of the School of Architecture in 2005, Flowers later served as the chair and vice-chair of the Institute’s Graduate Curriculum Committee as well as the director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Architecture.
Dr. Flowers’ area of expertise is architectural history, theory, and criticism. His research focuses on monumental urban projects, particularly skyscrapers and stadia. His books include Skyscraper: The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Architecture in an Age of Uncertainty (Ashgate Press, 2014), Sport and Architecture (Routledge, 2017), and Beautiful Moves: Designing Stadia (Lund Humphries, 2018). In addition he has published on the role of race in the discipline and practice of architecture. He received the College of Design’s Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award in 2012 and the School of Architecture’s Dean William Fash Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.