Benjamin Smithers Architecture

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|  achievements and awards

AIA Henry Adams Medal for top GAUD student 2021.  M.Arch Distinction (GPA 3.95)

Shortlisted | BeeBreeders Iceland Cave Tower international competition

Finalist | Non Architecture ‘Reviving Mines’ international competition

Honorable mention, Pratt Institute School of Architecture Climate Crisis Prize and Post-Anthropocene Prize
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Cenote seclusion

Manhattan recreation space |
Pratt GAUD Studio 01 |
professor Ryan Brooke-Thomas |
This first design project evokes a cenote – a natural sinkhole exposing bathing water below - offering escape from its Manhattan surroundings by elongating a journey into its depths below the park above.
Its circulatory space becomes progressively darker, punctuated by a succession of increasingly closed spaces, with apertures between emphasizing this progression and shafts of light penetrating the furthest spaces from above.
Outdoors, a gathering area is characterized by its connection to the tree-lined site perimeter and park, while lifted masses invite exploration around the full extent of the site.

Section drawing

Circulation drawing