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Mark Benner

Architect Mark Benner loves a puzzle and he solves one with every luxury residential project he completes in the Chicago area. Whether how best to use the site, retrofit sustainable features to an older home or ensure a new home will meet the needs of the people who live there, each custom home project presents its share of challenges. Mark welcomes them. He opened his firm, Mark Eric Benner - Architects, in 2007 and brings 25 years of experience designing high-end homes from the ground up. The firm is the natural next step in a career that started with carpentry and included groundbreaking work in 3D Design software. He has his degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. An outdoorsman, Mark has a particular interest in sustainability and helps clients incorporate “green” features into their new or existing homes. Because of working for two firms that combined construction and design services (know as “design build”) under construction-minded leadership, Mark concluded that an architect-led design process is better for the client. He designed his firm to be the intersection of the best in the artistic process and the latest in digital design capabilities. Because a puzzle is easier to assemble together with others, the firm makes extensive use of 3D Design renderings so that it becomes easy for clients to envision what their home will look like. As Mark says, “The process of designing a home is better when it’s open and shared.”