Architecture Degree Program
Ben Lepley, a Tucson native started out his journey in architecture locally prior to attending the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc) in Los Angeles in 2002. While at SCI_Arc he delved deep into digital fabrication both with organic forms, but also parametric design, before finally embracing a more theoretically based approach to design. During school he worked as a designer and welder at Breakform Design and also served as a shop assistant at his school. Upon graduating SCI_Arc in 2007, he immediately took flight to Mumbai, India where he worked for Bijoy Jain at Studio Mumbai Architects. While there he learned a more honest approach to design and construction. Designing in the workshops of traditional craftsmen from Rajasthan, managing construction sites, merging traditional building techniques, and materials with the modern design of Studio Mumbai. The projects were mostly local design/build residential. In 2011 Ben left for Beijing to pursue some project-based consultancy contracts which included some master-planning, and schematic designs for urban mixed-use projects. While in Beijing Ben ended up working for MAD architects to lead on a 4 million square foot mixed-use project in Nanjing. The Nanjing South Station project is an ambitious mountain-shaped 12-tower project that has multiple sky-gardens, elevated interlinking towers, and a fully integrated pedestrian mall. The project is currently under construction. Currently Ben heads Tectonicus, a Tucson-based multidisciplinary design office. Projects include the Holocaust History Center, Digital Fix retail stores, and a few local sustainable residential projects.