Benedict B. Walter, AIA

Licensed Architect ME, NH, GA


Story & Career

As President of CWS Architects and one of the firm’s founders, Ben has been a guiding force in leading CWS since its inception in 1992. From the beginning, Ben has focused his practice on the design of multifamily, special needs and senior residential communities, corporate office and municipal facilities.  Ben is also passionately dedicated to promoting smart-growth urban design, environmental sustainability, historic preservation and affordable housing in the Maine community and has received numerous awards and citations for his work on those efforts.

Right out of college, Ben moved to Portland, Maine from Texas in 1986 with a pickup truck full of everything he owned, an architecture degree and forty-six dollars in cash.  Today, Ben and his wife Cathy live in Portland with their Golden Doodle ‘Baxter’ and have two grown daughters.  On top of his love of architecture, and in the Texas tradition, Ben is a lifelong musician, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter.  Ben is a passionate supporter of advancing sustainability, housing affordability and social services in Maine.  Ben and his extended family enjoy getaways to their family camp on a lake in the Maine woods.

Current Member of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition Board of Directors

Former President of the Greater Portland YMCA Branch Board of Directors