thinking of a new home for your family?
I help families design their dream home…
-within their schedule and budget
There For You
Design of your home for your family. We provide expert guidance and do the heavy lifting.
Simply the best design solutions to meet your needs and your budget.
Visual communication in a language that everyone can understand.
Integration from initial concept through final documentation.
Mark E. Benner, AIA
Mark Eric Benner – Architects
new construction | whole house renovation | major remodeling
Chicago Custom Home Design
We are Chicago custom home design specialists based in the northern suburbs. We are virtual reality architects with a tenacious focus on achieving our client’s uniquely individual goals for their home.
We specialize in designing homes for those who appreciate the value of design. If you believe that your home’s design can have a positive effect on your family’s lifestyle, we help you make the most of your investment.
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music room acoustic clouds
home for harmony without reverberation
garage band of light
connection made from light
Virtual Reality Home Design
Glenview Ranch Style Home
visual communication for clarity
luxurious spa-style master bath
lakeshore community clubhouse
sub-terranean clubhouse preserves lake views
cloverleaf community pool
pool with separate 'rooms'
bright modern kitchen
We came to Mark with an idea of what the home we wanted to build should look like. He sat down with us and listened to our thoughts, our likes, dislikes, and most importantly took the time to understand our personalities. After a few working sessions, he showed us the drawings which were exactly what we were trying to convey. Additionally he took the paper drawings and turned them into a 3D model which allowed us to see what the home would look like inside and out.....it was quite astonishing. Mark has a knack for turning thoughts and feelings into a product, we are very happy he was recommended to us.Gerard RizkallahGlenview, Illinois
Mark Benner designed an addition for my house. I found him to be an architect that made sure the design was what I had visioned it to be and wanted. He made sure I knew every detail of his drawings and if I wanted changes he was accommodating. It was a pleasure working with him and I was very pleased with my design. I would strongly recommend him as an architect.Helen CunninghamEvanston, Illinois
Not only is Mark a delight to work with, he is resourceful, service driven, conscientious, and reliable. We have worked together on numerous occasions since 1995 and he always was immediately responsive and a man of his word. I hope that we have an opportunity to work together again.Susan SchreiberRealtor & Developer
As you look through Eric Benner’s website, you see the talent and creativity of a very qualified architect and his firm. But I would like to speak to another side of this man whom I have learned has a very big heart.Rev. Jeffrey G. Pruett, Sr., M. Div.Close friend and personal advisor
Mark Benner is so great to work with. His creative talent, combined with brilliant technology savvy, especially with his unique computer aided drawing program, helped me bring my vision of a contemporary rustic master bathroom to life! It felt like magic, that's how effortless it was. His calm and kind demeanor, both around me and the rest of the project team, including my clients, brought a warm and positive energy to our project. I can't wait to work with Mark again.Rebecca PogonitzInterior Designer, GOGO design group
Mark is an outstanding architect and professional. I love working with Mark on various projects to find the sweet spot for comfort and cost. Mark's ability to relate to owners and translating their needs and budget into their dream space! Mark has a superior understanding of design and functionality! In addition to Mark's architectural understanding, Mark is also a go to person for me when I need an introduction as his network is VAST!Tom DeckerInsulation Contractor, Chicago Green Insulation
Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work with Mark on several fronts, including having his architectural talents in designing our family home in Riverwoods, Illinois. Mark is a creative, imaginative, thoughtful and on the cutting edge of BIM design. Mark Eric Benner Architects, Ltd. is poised for growth and any client or industry colleague would be benefit from working with his firm.Wendy CohenPowerHouse SMART
I have had the pleasure of working with Mark on many successful projects. His expertise in a wide range of subject matter shined through project after project. He is very artistic, open minded, and always looking to ride the crest of the wave. Mark is a well seasoned architect who can handle any size of project from beginning to end and capable of working as an individual and as a great team member or leader. Mark was always generous in working together. His knowledge, intuitiveness and natural feel for working with the computer always astounded me.Len Eckhoff, AIA, ALAArchitect, Designs by Len Eckhoff Architect
Mark is one of the most talented and hard working residential architects in the country. His consistent excellence helped drive Orren Pickell Builders to be a top Chicago area custom builder.Ed SuchermanRealtor, Broker Associate at Baird & Warner Real Estate
Mark Benner was just terrific in all aspects for our major home reconstruction. Of all the architects interviewed, he was by far the best. He impressed from the initial meeting, brainstorming and sharing ideas with us, making our choice easy. He was extremely knowledgable, very innovative and worked with us on multiple iterations to be sure everything was just right. He also worked well with our contractor, providing invaluable guidance. The best part of Mark is that he's just easy and a pleasure to work with. Accommodating to our schedules, willing to come out mid-job for additional feedback, and truly an overall nice guy, we give him our highest recommendation.Caryn AltmanHomeowner, Highland Park Remodel & Addition
As an interior designer, I am so grateful to have connected with Mark Benner! I recently worked with him on a Master Bath remodel, that involved drawings for a unique and challenging space plan and conceptual design. Mark, along with his state of the art and innovative drawing program allowed us to hone our vision so that now my client's dream bathroom is coming to life! Mark was so easy to work with, passionate about his work, and a terrific person. I highly recommend him.Rebecca PogonitzInterior Designer, GOGO design group
I have no adequate words to rave about Mark! We had maybe the ugliest split level house in the universe; he developed a creative solution (one that no other architect had previously thought of) and created a beautiful, open home which nearly doubled our living space. He is remarkably organized, economically and environmentally minded, and creative beyond measure. Additionally, he has a calm and kind manner which came in quite handy for managing contractors. Thank you, Mark!Stephanie ZwillingHomeowner, "Un-Split Home Addition"
I built a custom home in Highland Park, designed by Mark and had a great experience.Matt PollackGeneral Contractor, Red Rock Homes
Construction went well and the home turned out great.
Mark’s attention to detail and organization skills to bring him to the forefront of everything he does.John AnstadtArchitect, trusted colleague
Our Company Values
Creator of uniquely personal living and working spaces
No egos here. This is your home and it must reflect your style and sensibilities. You are seeking Chicago custom home design, and my job is to help curate your needs, wishes, and dreams into a livable form that creatively responds to the challenges your family faces in day-to-day life.
A Little Of Our Story
i am passionate about solving puzzles
few families fit neatly into a "typical" box
each activity and responsibility is a piece of a puzzle
designing how they fit together is a symphony
Simplify transforming your dreams
into your home
Designing a dream home is no easy task. It requires a talented team of designers and builders, along with the home’s family. Together we travel a well-worn path, a tried and true process, designed to methodically lead you to success for your Chicago custom home design.
My responsibility is the heavy lifting, freeing you to envision your best life.
Share your ideas, pictures, dreams
You have been dreaming of your new home for a long time. There are photos, clippings, bookmarks, and plans that are all snippets of the total picture.
Watch the magic happen
Together, we consider each element and how it applies to your family. They are shaped and formed into a harmonious relationship, one that is emotionally tuned for its purpose.
Vision Takes Form Before Your Eyes
Surprises happen when the unexpected occurs. VRrchitecture ensures that greatness is not a surprise, rather something you can expect.