Benjamin Hays is the University Building Official and Senior Civil & Structural Engineer for the Office of the University Building Official (OUBO). As Building Official, he directs a team of architects and engineers who are responsible for administering code compliance and providing technical review for all new construction and renovation work at UVa’s Central Grounds, the Hospital, College at Wise, and Blandy Experimental Farm. He additionally provides review oversight for all Civil and Structural engineering works at UVa. Ben is a regular lecturer in the School of Architecture with expertise in structures and the history of building technology.
Ben began his professional career as a design engineer in Los Angeles. His work there included historically-sensitive seismic upgrades to existing buildings, evaluations of film studios and technical campuses, and the design of high-end contemporary structures. He moved to Virginia in 2009 and expanded his design portfolio to include bridges, waterfront structures, and municipal buildings. Ben joined OUBO as the Senior Civil & Structural Engineer in 2011 and began teaching in the School of Architecture in 2014. His engineering work and historical-technical writing have won awards from professional societies and in research competitions.
Ben holds Civil and Structural engineering licenses in both Virginia and California, is a nationally ICC Certified Building Official, and is a LEED Associated Professional. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Construction History Society of America, where he serves on the Management Committee.
Ben and his wife Emili have designed and restored several houses on both coasts and are actively engaged in the interests of their three children. Most weekends you will find Ben in his woodland garden, running on local trails, or hiking in the mountains with his family.