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Benjamin Flowers, PhD

  • Professor, Architecture Section
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Benjamin Flowers is a professor of architecture at the Knowlton School. 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. Flowers’ 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 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.

Flowers was awarded the Georgia Tech 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.