IPSEF Speakers

Ben Somner

Director of Architecture, Broadway Malyan

Ben has lead the design from inception to completion for a number of significant education projects including Bournville College in the UK, the Abu Dhabi Education Council model schools in the UAE, and Dulwich College, Minhang, in Shanghai.

Ben enjoys working at the early stages of a project to help distill the end-users’ aspirations and develop a clear and concise vision for the project. For Ben, the best education design revolves around the rigour of the briefing process creating an environment that is fit for purpose, but that also allows flexibility in use and adaptability over time as education curriculums and methodology evolve.

An RIBA and ARB registered Architect, Ben joined Broadway Malyan in 2001 and relocated to Shanghai in January 2010, bringing overarching design and project management skills and becoming a key member of the studio management team. Ben relocated to the UK in 2015, but continues to work on various school building programmes in the Middle East.