Dr Benjamin A. Bross
Assistant Professor at the Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA)
Benjamin grew up in Mexico in a multi-cultural environment. Currently, Benjamin is focused on the processes by which spatial production generates place-based sociocultural identity. He has published articles ranging in topics from the origin and evolution of spatial typologies, urban spaces and their evolving uses, to the increasing challenges posed to designers by digital and commercial globalization. His book, Mexico City's Zócalo: A History of a Constructed Spatial Identity (Routledge Publishers, Abingdon, UK) is forthcoming in the spring 2022.
Before joining the ISoA, Benjamin, a licensed architect, worked professionally in various aspects of the built environment for nearly 25 years. In all, he has been involved directly in the design and construction of over 50 projects in eight countries across North America, South America and Europe. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in History with Highest Honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico; a Master in Urban Design from UC Berkeley's CED; a Master in Architecture from Harvard's GSD, where he was a Graduate Student Associate at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the UC Berkeley's CED.