Hi, my name is Ben Stevens. I’m an MBA student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the host of The Skyline Forum, and an aspiring real estate developer who hopes to infuse his work with an appreciation for architecture and urban planning. You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or contact me directly here. Here’s my CV.
Originally, I studied German at Missouri State and at the University of Marburg. After finishing my bachelor’s, I did graduate work in theology and intercultural studies at Trinity Divinity School in Chicago. For two years after graduation, I did full-time fundraising in the non-profit sector, then I took a position teaching theology in Berlin, Germany, where I lived and wrote for 3 years. I speak German at the C2 or near native level.
In that former career, my published articles touch on topics as wide-ranging as relationships, forgiveness, time, money, cinematography, and the relationship between design and theology. My first book, a modern-language adaptation of a fascinating theological treatise from 1765, was published by Navpress in 2014.
When I began contemplating a career shift, I seriously considered architecture or urban planning, but many people in those fields encouraged me to consider pursue those interests as a developer (i.e. “building buildings”). I love the way it draws on fund-raising, politics, architecture, urban planning, sociology, and design. And that interest led me to launch the aforementioned Skyline Forum.