Mary Ben Bonham

Mary Ben BonhamAssociate Professor
Coordinator, Interior Design Program
101C Alumni Hall
(513) 529-2840

Courses Taught (past two academic years)

ARC 225 Design and Behavior
ARC 301/302/401/402C Architecture Studio
ARC 304 Interior Design Studio
ARC 4/506C Case Studies in Sustainable Design
ARC 4/514 Environmental Control Systems II

Educational Credentials

Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, 1989

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor, Miami University, 2013-Present
Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2007-2013
Adjunct Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 1998-1999
Instructor, Boston Architectural College, 1996-1997

Professional Experience

Senior Associate, Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates, Cambridge, MA, 1995-2007
Architect, Modigliani Noyes Architects, Boston, MA, 1994-1995
Intern Architect, Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Louisville, KY, 1992-1993
Intern Architect, Ambrose and McEnany Architects, Houston, TX, 1990-1991
Intern Architect, Kendall Heaton Associates, Houston, TX, 1989-1990
Intern Architect, Claude Vasconi Associés, Paris, France, 1988


Licensed Architect, No. 4302, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1994-Present
LEED-Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council, 2001-Present
NCIDQ, Certificate No. 34470, Council for Interior Design Qualification, 2018-Present

Selected Publications, Creative Scholarship, Awards, Grants

Bonham has published work on themes in architectural technology including facades, lighting
and pedagogy. Her research activity includes refereed conference proceedings, presentations,
internal grants, invited professional talks and design commissions in addition to the following
publications and external grants.

Bioclimatic Double-Skin Façades. New York and London: Routledge, 2020. 374 pages.
Bonham’s book examines the intersection of climate, culture and technology in advanced façade

“Defining the Double-Skin Facade in the Postwar Era.” In the book Constructing Building
Enclosures: Architectural History, Technology and Poetics, edited by Clifton Fordham, 228-46.
New York and London: Routledge, 2021. The chapter provides a critical look at the development
and purpose of double-skin technologies in the context of post-war modernism.

“Leading by Example: New Professionalism and the Government Client.” In the journal Building
Research and Information 41:1 (2013): 77-94. The article describes how government building
agencies can lead the design and construction industry to more sustainable practices through
their position and example.

“Hybrid Cultural Significance for the Bibliothèque Municipale à Vocation Régionale de
Marseille.” In France and the Mediterranean: International Relations, Culture and Politics,
Modern French Identities Vol. 86, edited by E. Godin and N. Vince, 193-216. Oxford: Peter
Lang Publishing Group, 2012. The chapter analyzes the architecture of the new Marseille
regional library in the context of cultural dialogue and cross-fertilization between France and the

Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum. Awarded the $50,000 Twentieth Anniversary Grant
by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. Awarded the 2013 Interior Design Educators
Council Media Award. Bonham was one of ten authors in a multi-university group that
developed online teaching modules with topics applicable to architecture, interior design, and
landscape architecture; lead developer for “Topics for Upper Level Studios” and contributor to
“Lighting for a Sustainable Future” and “Digital Interface of Lighting.” 2010-2012. Accessible at

Professional Memberships and Service

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Internet of Things Committee, Member 2018-present,
  contributing author to ANSI/IES LP-12-21 IoT Connected Lighting. Cincinnati-Louisville
  Chapter, Board Member and Partner Educator Liaison, 2011-2017.
Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI)
Building Technology Educators Society (BTES). Institutional Liaison.
Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). SBSE Student Scholarship review committee
Construction History Society of America (CHSA)
Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)