Ben developed Whole Systems Design LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design.
Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and
design. He has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design,
microclimate design, and design for climate change. He recently served on the Board of Directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School
and teaches there from time to time.