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Ben McGhee


Development Director


Seattle, WA

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I decided I wanted to be an architect at the age of 8. After a career in architecture and real estate development, I've discovered it's more the development side that excites me. Bringing an idea into the built world, from conception to operation, that's where it's at for me. I've been doing just that for citizenM hotels for the past 7 years. It's given me every opportunity imaginable when it comes to the realities of hard-core real estate development. To make things even more exciting, I've worked exclusively on projects built using volumetric modules (think shipping container buildings). Try building a European product in China and stacking it up in California, not exactly for the faint of heart...


Director of Development


USA · March 2024 – Present

Offering full service real estate development services with an emphasis on marquee projects and volumetric modular delivery methods.

Project Director

citizenM Hotels

Seattle, WA · January 1, 2022

After successfully delivering citizenM's first two West Coast hotels as design and project manager, I've moved into the Project Director role. In this position I am responsible for all aspects of delivering a ground up RE asset, from entitlements through handover to operations.

West Coast Design and Project Manager

citizenM Hotels

Seattle, WA · May 2017

Design and project management of citizenM’s West Coast expansion. Emphasis of the role is the product management and development of volumetric modular guestrooms; including onboarding new domestic and international modular fabricators. Responsible for simultaneously managing all internal stakeholders, external consultants, and contractors on multiple projects in multiple markets across the West Coast.

Architectural Designer

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

Seattle, WA · December 2016 – April 2017

Had a great (albeit short) time working on a 1,200,000 sqft development for Vulcan while at ZGF.

Graduate Architect

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

Indianapolis, IN · 2012 – 2014

Architectural designer for a large quantity and variety of projects. Design architect of several projects, including a 450 unit urban apartment complex. Also fulfilled roles as project manager.

Graduate Architect


Indianapolis, IN · 2011 – 2012

Involved in all phases of the architectural process within a small architectural firm. Most projects were in the residential sector, from kitchen renovations to $30 million mixed-use developments. Majority of time spent developing schematic designs, creating presentation material and drafting CDs.


MSc Architecture

TU Delft

Delft, Netherlands · 2014 – 2016

MSc Architecture within the Chair of Methods and Analysis at TU Delft, the Netherlands. Graduation thesis was a study of the commons, particularly in relation to the South American condition. Ranked third in the world, TU Delft’s rigorous architecture program places equal focus on theoretical and technical aspects. Studied under Kees Kaan, Tom Avermaete, Klaske Havik, Jorge Mejia Hernandez, Michiel Riedijk, and others.

BSc Architecture

Ball State University

Muncie, IN · 2007 – 2011

BSc in Architecture. Magna Cum Laude. Received the Henry Adams Medal of Honor for graduating at the top of my class. Presidential Scholar and Honors College graduate.


AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, V-ray, Rhino, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator


Conceptual Design, Residential Design, Commercial Design, Custom Detailing, Physical Models, Public Presentations

2012 Indianapolis Service Award , AIA Indianpolis
For the creation and implementation of the 1x20 gallery show
2011 Henry Adams Medal of Honor , AIA
Ball State’s highest ranked graduate, class of 2011
2011 Award of Merit, Best and Brightest , College of Architecture and Planning