As owner and principal of Kaiser Group and PATH Architecture, Ben is committed to mass timber construction and believes it is the future of sustainable development. He knows it offers environmentally responsible and efficient construction, fire safety, and seismic resilience. His most recent project, Carbon12, is the tallest CLT building in the United States.
To bring Carbon12 to life, Ben successfully worked with state officials to waive the restrictive codes that limit the height of wood buildings. This singular accomplishment has made mid- to high-rise CLT buildings possible for the first time in this country. By building with mass timber, Ben hopes to help reinvigorate the Pacific Northwest’s timber economy and continue Portland’s reputation as a leader in American urban revitalization.
Over the last 20 years, Ben acquired the unique perspective that comes from having served as the owner, developer, architect, and general contractor on his projects. He was involved in the early stages of Portland’s Pearl District and has spearheaded redevelopment in NE Portland, including the Historic Mississippi District and the Williams/Vancouver corridor. Ben is a former member of the Portland Design Commission, and he earned a bachelor of architecture degree and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.