Ben Hayes

Founding Director Unknown Works

About Speaker

Ben is an architect, researcher and educator. Prior to co founding Unknown Works Ben was Project Architect at Niall McLaughlin Architects based working on a number public and private projects in the UK, including the RIBA Stephen Laurence prize winning project The Fishing Hut, Hampshire House shortlisted for RIBA house of the year in 2019 and the Mies Van der Rohe Prize shortlisted Welcome Building of Auckland Castle.

Formerly Ben held a senior research position at Rural Urban Lab at the University of Hong Kong exploring the processes of rural to urban transformation across Asia. Prior to this, Ben worked at Foster + Partners in both London and Beijing offices on a number of high profile international projects including Apple Headquarters at Cupertino and a National Art Museum of China in Datong, China. 

Ben runs a design studio at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL and has taught on the postgraduate programme at the University of Hong Kong.

​Ben was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal in 2013.