Ben Nicholson: The World, Who Gets It? The Spirits Inside Land and Buildings

Department of Architecture Fall 2012 Lecture Series

Ben Nicholson is an associate professor at School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has been a guest professor at the Bartlett School, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy, University of Edinburgh, University of Michigan, University of Houston, and a fellow at the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. His publications include The Appliance House, Thinking the Unthinkable House, and a satire The World, Who Wants It? He has exhibited at the Canadian Center of Architecture, Cartier Foundation, the Whitney Museum, and three times at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Currently living in New Harmony, Indiana, Nicholson sorts through issues of rural and urban life in America — from urban agriculture to gun culture. His work on hyper-minimalist architectural plans resulted in two hundred hand-drawn labyrinths exhibited at the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He contributed to the book Ineffable Architecture (2009) and to Architectures of the Near Future (2009).

Nicholson was educated at the Architectural Association, The Cooper Union, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.