Benjamin Schanfish

IMG_4262.JPGInspired from a young age to pursue architecture by his grandfather, Ben joined Carapella Architecture in 2016 after graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Kent State University, where he was given the opportunity to study in Florence, Italy and experience firsthand the Italian and European models of architecture and urbanism. It was here that he developed an interest in historical preservation and traditional design practices.

During his schooling, Ben completed a thesis looking at Pittsburgh and other rust belt cities, and how shrinking inter-urban populations following the initial decline of the steel industry in America affected both the city and its architecture. Additionally, he participated in Kent State’s WikiBlocks design-build studio, a program which created and constructed a series of do-it-yourself architectural and space planning components with the goal of creating an open-source catalog of design elements for use by anyone.