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Ben Mengden

Design | Planning | GIS

Houston, Texas Area
Architecture & Planning
  1. HOK
  1. City of Austin,
  2. Private Consultant,
  1. The University of Texas at Austin
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– Present (1 year 1 month)Houston, Texas

The Consulting Team at HOK responds to many different needs along various scales.
These include:
>Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies
>Workplace Strategies
>Change Management and Client Engagement
>Process Improvement and Tool Development
>On-Site Services
Some of my particular tasks have included work in:
>Real Estate Portfolio Analysis + Recommendations
>Urban Design
>Workplace Programming + Consulting
>GIS Integrated Workflow for Analysis + Visualization
>Master Planning
>Site Evaluation + Analysis

Environmental Planner

City of Austin
(11 months)Austin, Texas Area

As a team, the Planning and Policy Section in the Watershed Protection Department is involved in the integration and support of geology, ecology, landscape architecture, design, engineering, and politics. I help to implement principles and practices of water resources and specifically am involved in Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development, and Sustainable Stormwater practices. I work with many bright and educated individuals doing excellent work both in the community and in our department.

Planning + Design Consultant

Private Consultant
(2 years)Austin, Texas Area

Utilized appropriate technologies to address needs of customer’s across multiple industries.
>Foundation Communities/CHDO Roundtable: mapping opportunities for low income housing in the Austin area
>Documentary Films: graphics and design consultant
>UTSOA Planning Course: visualization consultant for funding of project implementation
>Austin Community Design & Development Center: analysis of potential for rebuilding fire destroyed regions
>Individual Clients: analysis, planning, development, and design of various residential and vacation property design projects.
>Individual Clients: design of logos and marketing/branding materials.
>Calendar Holdings LLC: Space planning for storefronts across the nation

Production Manager

(5 months)Austin, Texas Area

Digital fabrication design and production servicing multiple industries including architectural, graphic design, wayfinding, and product design.
Operational management including scheduling and resource management
Client bidding, consulting, production, and invoicing.

Project Manager / GIS Technician

University of Texas at Austin ITS Networking Dept
(2 years)Austin, Texas Area

Created framework for abstracted 3D map of campus wide oor plans for Networking Dept. asset tracking and management
Researched, implemented, and tested format and utility of both map and triangulation of
access point signals for geo-location
Documentation, testing, modications on map system and data
Managed team for data collection and conversion and instructed new users

Computer Lab Assistant UTSOA

University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
(1 year)Austin, Texas Area

Instructed and assisted with software/technology: ESRI ArcGIS Suite, Rhino 3D, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, CNC Router, Laser Cutter, 3D Scanner, SketchUp
Part of team responsible as frontline for technical troubleshooting with regard to design specific technologies
Managed GIS data and maps on dedicated server available to hundreds of students at the School of Architecture and Planning

Planner / GIS Specialist

Doucet & Associates, Inc.
(1 year)Austin, Texas Area

Used GIS for both the Planning and Marketing teams in a growing civil engineering firm
Transferred existing data from a CAD platform to a GIS.
Updated and maintained data library
Created both internal use maps and presentation maps for clients

Shipping Manager

Texas Coffee Traders
(5 years)Austin, Texas Area

Maintained shipping department.
Modied shipping procedures to better suit the growth of the company

Program Director/ Volunteer Coordinator/ Camp Counselor

Camp Peniel
(7 years)Marble Falls TX

Recruited, trained, and managed employees and volunteers
Managed revolving teams of 3-5 counselors at a time each with 8-10 guests
Instructed diverse group activities with up to 90 guests each week

Data Specialist / Customer Service / Advertising Sales Representative

HM Magazine
(2 years)Austin, Texas Area

Managed databases of merchandise sales, subscribers, and advertisers
Implemented information format and standards while adapting the database and queries to
increase integrity, analysis, and access of data
Sold advertising space and increased client base

Cartographic Technician

HM Gousha
(1 year)Comfort TX

Translated data from various forms into clear, concise road maps
Used antiquated but specialized tools (large plate etching systems and vacuum reprographic developers) to create road atlas maps



Associate AIA
– Present

Rice Design Alliance

– Present

Central Texas GIS

Planning Committee member


The University of Texas at Austin

Masters, Architecture

Activities and Societies: IO Central Computer Lab Assistant, Structures for Inclusion, Architecture for Humanity Austin, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Central Texas GIS


LEED Green Assoc

USGBC, License 10920704
– Present


  • SketchUp
  • ArcGIS
  • GIS
  • Revit
  • AutoCAD
  • Rendering
  • Rhino
  • ArcMap
  • ArcCatalog
  • ArcInfo
  • Geodesign
  • Environmental Planning
  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Server
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Urban Planning
  • CNC
  • 3D scanning
  • Laser Cutting
  • Photogrammetry
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Technical Drawing
  • Watercolor
  • Modeling
  • Product Design
  • CAD
  • Urban Design
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Sustainable Design
  • Sustainability
  • Cartography
  • Water Resources
  • Design Research
  • Space planning
  • BIM
  • Land Use Planning
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Architectural Design
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Architectural Drawings
  • 3D Modeling
  • Site Planning
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Spatial Databases
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The University of Texas at Austin

  • GeoDesign (CRP386 Ming-Chun Lee)
  • Architecture & Urbanism in Mexico (ARC388R Hal Box)
  • Alternative Real Estate Action (ARC386M Steve Ross)
  • Design Firm Leadership (ARC386M Richard Jennings)
  • Architectural Drawing (ARC381R John Blood)
  • Urban Design Practice (ARC386M Sinclair Black)
  • Studio Uli Dangel (ARC394)
  • Studio Billie Faircloth (ARC394)
  • Studio Russell Krepart (ARC394)
  • Studio Joyce Rosner (ARC394)
  • Studio Camille Jobe (ARC394)
  • Studio Ernesto Cragnolino (ARC685)
  • Studio Juan Miro (ARC696)
  • Studio Coleman Coker (ARC696)

Doucet & Associates, Inc.

  • Introduction to ArcGIS I (ESRI May 2006)
  • Introduction to ArcGIS II (ESRI May 2006)

Honors & Awards

School of Architecture Outstanding Lab Assistant

Nominations accepted from students, faculty, and staff.


Watershed Protection Ordinance(Link)

– Present

"The City is developing a new watershed protection ordinance to improve creek and floodplain protection; prevent unsustainable public expense on drainage systems; simplify development regulations where possible; and minimize the impact on the ability to develop land."
City of Austin Watershed Protection website

Team members:

Architecture in Music - Music in Architecture Symposium(Link)

Videographer for Music in Architecture - Architecture in Music Symposium.

Team members:

GIS Introductory Course

Introductory courses to familiarize people with the capacities, extents, and functions of GIS software- predominantly the ArcGIS Desktop Suite.

Volunteer Experience & Causes


Architecture for Humanity

This is an excellent organization with fine leadership and diverse projects.

Opportunities Ben is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Ben cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environment
  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Poverty Alleviation

Organizations Ben supports:

  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes
  • Architecture for Humanity
  • Open Street Map
  • Water For People

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