Awards:

Best of 2014, Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The Buckminster Fuller Institute. International, more than 450 entries from 91 countries. For The Informal Urban Communities Initiative.

 

Public Interest Design Global Project Winner. Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Paris, Design Corps and the SEED Network. International, 6 awards annually. Receiving the highest number of jury votes of any project submitted, according to competition organizers. For Communidad Ecologica Saludable including the Gardens Green Space and Health and SQWater: Fog Collection projects. 2014.

 

Social Economic and Environmental Design (SEED) Award. Parsons New School of Design, Design Corps, the SEED Network. International, 6 awards annually. Receiving the highest number of jury votes of any project submitted, according to competition organizers. For Communicad Ecologica Saludable including the Gardens Green Space and Health and SQWater: Fog Collection projects. 2014.

 

2nd Place, ACSE Sustainable Development Award. American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Without Borders USA. National, annually. For SQWater: Fog Collection.

 

Finalist, EPA P3 Competition. United States Environmental Protection Agency. National, annually. For SQWater: Fog Collection.

 

EDRA Great Places Design Award. 2012. Environmental Design Research Association. International, 1 award annually. For Escuela Ecologica Saludable including the Pitagoras Primary School Park and the Pitagoras Secondary School Classroom Studio.

 

2012 Social Economic and Environmental Design (SEED) Award. 2012. Design Corps and the SEEDNetwork. International, 6 awards annually. For Escuela Ecologica Saludable including the Pitagoras Primary School Park and The Pitagoras Secondary School Classroom.

         

Press:

Fisher, Brooke. “Staying Afloat.” Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering News, June 26, 2018; reposted on UW home page, August 18, 2018. Online available

 

“Innovation grant builds untraditional partnerships for global health.” Department of Global Health News February 21, 2018. Online available

 

Gil, Inma. “’Las plantas son un signo de cambio’: Como unos humildes jardines mejoraron la salud de los vecinos de una zona desertica de Lima en Peru.” BBC World Service. June 21, 2017

Bracken, Mullin and Shastri. “The Fog Catchers” New York Times Daily 360. March 3, 2017.

 

Chambers, Jane. “Health Gardens in Lima Slum Communities.” BBC Health Check show, February 16, 2017. Online available.

 

“Unap busca alianza estratégica con la Universidad de Washington-USA.” La Region. March 27, 2017. Online

 

“Unap busca alianza estratégica con la Universidad de Washington-USA.” Cable Vision [Iquitos, Peru], March 26, 2017.

 

Eller, Nikki. “Landscape Architects take on global issues from the ground up.” Humanosphere. July 18, 2016. Online available

 

“Impacto de tecnologias de jardin en la salud humana ecologica y ambiental.” La Region. September 26, 2016.

 

Doughton, Sandi. “UW project seeks to harvest fog for irrigation.” The Seattle Times. March 15, 2013.

 

“ASLA Student Awards, Community Service Honor Award, Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative.” Landscape Architecture Magazine. September 2012, Vol 102. No 9. 86.

 

Hodson, Jeff. “A Peruvian slum gets a massive green makeover.” UW Today. February 13, 2012.  Online available  

 

Marks, Susan. SEEDocs: Escuela Ecologica Saludable.  The UpTake (Film). Design Corps. 2012. Online available

 

Pathways to Global Health. Escuela Ecologica Saludable. The Next Fifty. UW Dept. of Global Health / The  Production Network (Film). June 2012.


 

Publications:

 

Alarcón, Jorge O., Jorge A. Alarcón, and Leann Andrews. “Epidemiología, arquitectura paisajista, “Una Salud” e innovación: Experiencia en una comunidad amazónica”, La Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública. 35(4):667-74. 2018.

 

Korn, Abigail, Susan M. Bolton, Jorge A. Alarcon, Leann Andrews, Benjamin Spencer, and Joachim G. Voss. 2018. Physical and Mental Health Impacts of Household Gardens in an Urban Slum in Lima, Peru. International Journal of Environment and Public Health. pp 2-11.

 

Spencer, Ben. 2018. “Engaging the Field Experience: Integrated, Interdisciplinary, On-Site, Enduring” In Bryan Bell and Lisa Albendroth (Eds.). Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. Routledge, UK. pp. 55-57.

 

Hou, Jeff, Ben Spencer and Daniel Winterbottom. 2018. “Whole-Systems Public Interest Design Education: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington” In Bryan Bell and Lisa Albendroth (Eds.). Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. Routledge, UK. pp. 8-21.

 

Spencer, Ben and Susan Bolton. 2016. “Emergent Convergent: Technology and the Informal Urban Communities Initiative”. In Daniel Ortega and Jonathan Anderson (Eds.). Innovations in Landscape Architecture. Routledge, UK. pp. 205-222.

 

Feld, Shara, Ben Spencer and Susan Bolton. 2016. “Improved Fog Collection Using Turf Reinforcement Mats.” Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. 2 (3): 1-8.  

                                                                                                

Spencer, Ben, Susan Bolton and Jorge Alarcon. 2014. “The Informal Urban Communities Initiative, Lomas de Zapallal.” In Jeff Hou, Ben Spencer, Thaisa Way and Ken Yocom (Eds.). Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here. Routledge, UK. pp. 328-357.

 

Andrews, Leann and Ben Spencer. 2014. “Design as Preventive Medicine.” In Evert, J., Drain, P., and Hall, T. (Eds.). Developing Global Health Programming: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, Second Edition. Schools. Global Health Education Collaboration Press. p. 274-277.

 

Spencer, Ben and Leann Andrews. 2014. “Interdisciplinary Design Case Study: Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative (The Healthy Ecological School Initiative) Lomas de Zapallal, Lima, Peru.” In Evert, J., Drain, P., and Hall, T. (Eds.). Developing Global Health Programming: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, Second Edition. Schools. Global Health Education Collaboration Press. p. 278-283.

            

Spencer, Ben, Susan Bolton and Jorge Alarcon. 2014. “The Informal Urban Communities Initiative, Community-driven design in the Slums of Lima, Peru.” International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering, 9(1): 92-107. (first author)