Ben Schulman’s work is centered around space and place.
Ben is the Vice President, Real Estate + Economic Development, for the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC), where he oversees a team and suite of tools and funds that rewrite the rules of community development. Prior to joining MMDC, he helped build, launch, and voice an equity crowdfunding platform with a focus on impact-oriented real estate, and served as the communications director for the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).
His writing on architecture, urban planning, and policy has appeared in ARCHITECT, Belt, CityLab, ICON, Metropolis, New Geography, and Streetsblog, among others. He was the editor of Chicago Architect Magazine and the design section of Newcity Chicago, while co-hosting that publication’s architecture, urbanism, and design podcast, "A Lot You Got to Holler."
A Next City Vanguard Fellow, Ben has presented and lectured at numerous conferences and universities, and consistently contextualizes place through a variety of mediums: “Drowned in History,” a podcast finding hidden histories embedded in the landscape of Memphis, TN; the freeform radio show, “The Other Side,” on community radio station, WYXR Memphis; and Just Place, a platform that makes meaning of place through poetry and photography.