Ben Jacks

Ben Jacks

Professor, Emeritus

Educational Credentials

M. F. A., The University of Southern Maine, 2009
M. Arch., The University of Pennsylvania, 1986
B. A., The University of Chicago, 1983

Teaching Experience

Professor, Miami University, 2020
Associate Professor, Miami University, 2008-2020
Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2002-2008
Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2000-2002

Professional Experience

Principal, Ben Jacks, Architect, Wilmington, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992-Present
Ballard, McKim, & Sawyer, Architects, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1995-1996
Huston & Company, Poland Spring, Maine, 1991-1992
Stephen Blatt Architects, Portland, Maine, 1989-1990
G. Robinson Whitten, Architect, Portland, Maine, 1988-1989
Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Portland, Maine, 1986-1988


Registered Architect/NCARB Certificate #47,287
Ohio, #1316005
Registered Architect, Virginia, #0401008981 (inactive)
North Carolina, #7395 (inactive)

Selected Publications, Creative Scholarship, Awards, Grants


A House and Its Atmosphere, Culicidae Architectural Press, 2017
Link: Ben Jacks, A House and its Atmosphere, at Amazon

The Architect's Tour: Notes for the Design Traveler, Culicidae Architectural Press, 2014

Book Chapters:

"Walking and the Built Environment," in Stonecoast Lines, an Anthology, Warren Machine Pub., 2009

“City Walking: Laying Claim to Manhattan,” in Writing Urbanism: a City Reader, London, UK: Routledge Press, 2008

Journal Articles:

"Photographs and Spiritual Atmospheres," Journal of Interior Design, (New York: Wiley), 44:1, January, 2019 (in press, forthcoming).

"Atmospheres, expressed, "Journal of Interior Design, (New York: Wiley), 43:1, March 2018, pp. 29-41.
Link: Journal of Interior Design: "Atmospheres, expressed"

“Walking and Reading in Landscape,” Landscape Journal, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 26:2, October 2007, pp. 270-287.

“Experience + Research = Scholarship: Integrating Information Literacy into Reading- and Writing-Intensive Courses in the Arts and Humanities,” (co-authored with Shannon Van Kirk), International Journal of the Humanities, (Melbourne, AU: Common Ground Publishing), November 2006, pp. 275-280.

“Walking the City: Manhattan Projects,” Places: A Forum of Environmental Design, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press for the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley and the School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 18:2, June 2006, 68-76.

“Reimagining Walking: Four Practices,” Journal of Architectural Education, (Boston: MIT Press for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) 57:3, February 2004, 5-9.

"A Discussion about 'Walking, Poems, and Buildings': An Exhibition of Collaborative Work / Annie Finch, Poet; Ben Jacks, Architect; and students." Romantic Pedagogy Commons, 2005.

Links to online publications and reviews:

Purchase: Ben Jacks, A House and its Atmosphere, at Amazon
Review: The Architect's Tour: Notes for the Design Traveler (2015)
Purchase: The Architects Tour: Notes for the Design Traveler Culicidae Architectural Press)
Article: "Walking the City: Manhattan Projects," in Places (2006)
“A Discussion About  ‘Walking, Poems, and Buildings’” in Romantic Pedagogies Commons (2005)
Exhibition Catalog: "Walking, Poems, and Buildings," Poets House, New York (2005)
Exhibition catalog: Everyday Architecture (2001)

Professional Memberships and Service

Co-Chair, ACSA, "Utopia + Spirituality", New Harmony, Indiana, 2016
Member, Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS) Forum
Peer Reviewer, Journal of Architectural Education
Peer Reviewer, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student