After studying communities at the Findhorn Foundation and years of building with raw earth, stones, and plants, Ben now focuses his efforts on designing and building healthy community living systems and strengthening the connections between culture and nature.
Ben is an architectural designer by trade with a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also a third generation woodworker and housebuilder, learning homebuilding first-hand from his grandfather.
Ben has been at the front of developing the natural building movement in Vermont and the northeast since 2000 as a professional contractor and an organizer for the network of natural builders in the northeast - NBNE(www.nbne.org) His advocacy work has brought him attention in books, newspapers, TV and conferences.
Ben also serves on the Plainfield Planning Commission and is actively engaged in developing planning models for sustainable community living.