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Benjamin Flowers

Benjamin Flowers is a Professor of Architecture and the Associate Director of the Knowlton School. Prior to joining the Knowlton School in 2019, Dr. Flowers was a Professor of Architecture in the College of Design and an Associate Vice Provost at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He is the author of several books including Beautiful Moves: Designing Stadia (LundHumphries, 2018), Sport and Architecture (Routledge, 2017) a global survey of the stadium and its socio-political significance, and Skyscraper: The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), named a 2010 Outstanding Academic Title in Architecture by Choice Magazine. He is also the editor of Architecture in an Age of Uncertainty (Ashgate Press, 2014), an examination of the political economy of architecture during the 2008 global recession. In addition, his articles include “Illuminating the Invisible: Race + Space in Architectural Pedagogy” (The Journal of History and Culture) and “Race, Space, and Architecture in Oakland Cemetery” (Scapes).

His research 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 writing and teaching also examine how race and class inform the production of architecture and the built environment, asking how architects—as a social group, as a labor market, and as arbiters of distinction—embraced or resisted integration in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Dr. Flowers’ research has been recognized by Columbia University’s Buell Center for Architecture, Cornell University’s John Nolen Fellowship, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Hagley Museum and Library. In recognition of his teaching, he was awarded the Georgia Tech School of Architecture’s 2017 Dean William L. Fash Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2008 he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Design. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and his BA from Wesleyan University. Dr. Flowers grew up in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Expertise

Architectural History and Theory

Stadia

Skyscrapers

Race and the built environment