Ben Lepley - Practice Manager
Tectonicus Constructs llc. was founded by Benjamin Lepley Assoc. AIA in 2004 in Tucson Arizona, with the construction of its first project, the Rammed Earth block studio (pictured on the homepage).
Ben Lepley started working in architecture in 2001 when he started interning at the local Tucson firm Seaver-Franks. From 2002 to 2007 he attended SCI_Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. During that time he worked as a designer and welder at Hype Arc and Breakform Design, metal fabricators. It was there where he first learned how to build with his hands, weld with an arc, and make architecture from scratch.
Upon graduating SCI_Arc in 2007, he immediately took flight to Mumbai, India where he worked for Bijoy Jain at Studio Mumbai Architects. While there he learned the art of true craftsmanship and honest architectural design.
In 2009 Ben returned to Tucson, Arizona to start some small residential projects.
In 2011 he left for Beijing to pursue some project based consultancy contracts. While in Beijing he is providing architectural consultation to local design firms as well as getting a photographic show together.
Jordan Kanter - Theory, Research, and Design
Jordan Kanter is a designer and researcher originally from Portland, Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his Masters of Architecture from SCI_Arc. He has practiced architecture in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing, where he lived from 2009 - 2013. He served as a Senior Designer at the Beijing-based office MAD, leading the design of a number of significant culture projects, including the Harbin Opera House. While in China, he also taught at Tsinghua University, Tianjin University, and at workshops throughout China. He returned to the US in the fall of 2013. In addition to Tectonicus, Jordan is the founder of the research collaborative foundCity and an Adjunct Professor at the IIT College of Architecture in Chicago. His current research focuses on computational strategies for urban mapping, systems modeling, geospatial database analytics, and the development of new paradigms for city design, particularly in contexts of urban abandonment.