Ben Nicholson was educated at the Architectural Association in London, Cooper Union School of Architecture, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, and is currently Professor at SAIC, Chicago. He has been a named guest professor at the Universities of Edinburgh, London, Michigan, Houston and Cornell. Monographs include, Appliance House, Thinking the Unthinkable House and The World: Who Wants It? He contributed to Visionary Architecture, Ineffable Architecture and Educating Architects, and co-edited Utopia in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape & Preservation in New Harmony, for which he wrote chapters on Richard Meier and Frederick Kiesler. He guest-edited the design journal, CLOG x GUNS, on America’s firearm culture. Over his career, he has exhibited at Foundation Cartier, the Renaissance Society, Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Venice Biennale.
He lives and works from his base in New Harmony, Indiana. Sometimes known as a ‘performative architect’ with polymathic interests that engage art, design, scholarship and popular culture, with subjects ranging from primitive geometry, labyrinths, Michelangelo, firearm design, gardens and political satire. Currently he is completing a book and animated drawings on the 1818 Collier flintlock revolver, while developing his garden labyrinth landscapes.