Ben Falk, MALD, developed Whole Systems Design (WSD), as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs his integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings.
Ben Falk's home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. He has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design.
Falk has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change. He recently served on the Board of Directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School and teaches there from time to time.