Children, Youth and Environments.
Vol 16, No.2 (2006)
ISSN 1546-2250

This set of papers is dedicated to
Ben Koralek
June 14, 1967 – July 6, 2006

Ben was Director of Shape Cambridge, the Architecture and Built Environment Center for the East Regions of England.1

Since 1996, Ben designed and delivered built environment education programs and workshops for children and young people in schools, colleges, museums and architecture centers in London, Cambridge and throughout the UK.

Before establishing Shape, Ben was Head of Projects at “School Works,” an award-winning initiative sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills.

“School Works” focuses on improving the architectural design and educational performance of schools through a participatory design process.

Ben was well-known for his belief in how children and young people can be involved in planning and changing communities. He was passionate about his work and had the ability to galvanize others into action.

A recent example of Ben’s work is a chapter he co-wrote with Maurice Mitchell, “The Schools We’d Like: Young People’s Participation in Architecture,” which can be found in Children’s Spaces (2005) edited by Mark Dudek (Oxford: Architectural Press, 114-153).

-- The Guest Editors

1. Now called Shape East. See