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Robert Benson

Design Principal



Robert Benson is a design leader based in our Chicago office. Regarded for his ability to leverage design to empower clients, he brings a conceptual mind with an eye towards value to each assignment. Having taught as an adjunct professor for eight years, Robert leads with a studio-driven philosophy and a strong belief in mentorship. With his distinct voice and influential design, Robert has won numerous accolades including many AIA and IIDA design awards. He has been published and exhibited in a number of national/international design competitions and exhibitions and was inducted into Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 program.

Highly adaptable, Robert’s design expertise is informed by a broad range of project typologies: commercial shell and core, workplace interiors, science and technology, urban design, higher education, K-12 and cultural projects. His passion for art and design extends beyond solely the built environment, including a recent performance with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra showcasing the relationship between music and architecture. His photography and paintings have been featured in gallery exhibitions.

Architecture reflects us creatively, technologically, politically, socially — it represents our common values. Personally, I am motivated by beauty, the aspiration of improving the places we inhabit, and the opportunity to inspire the next generation of thinkers. There is nothing more exciting than imagining a space and then walking through its construction.

Robert Benson