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Design of your home for your family. We provide expert guidance and do the heavy lifting.

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Visual communication in a language that everyone can understand.


Integration from initial concept through final documentation.

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Mark E. Benner, AIA

Mark Eric Benner – Architects

new construction | whole house renovation | major remodeling

Chicago Custom Home Design

We are Chicago based virtual reality architects with a tenacious focus on achieving our client’s uniquely individual goals for their home.


music room acoustic clouds

home for harmony without reverberation


shingle style home

modern interpretation for Highland Park family


community gateway

a cozy welcome to a Lake Geneva waterfront community


art & science intertwined

a contemporary home for art & science


virtual reality

visual communication for clarity


spa sanctuary

luxurious spa-style master bath


lakeshore community clubhouse

sub-terranean clubhouse preserves lake views


cloverleaf community pool

pool with separate 'rooms'


illuminated kitchen

bright modern kitchen


garage band of light

connection made from light

Wendy CohenPowerHouse SMART

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.

Rebecca PogonitzInterior Designer, GOGO design group

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.

Stephanie ZwillingHomeowner, "Un-Split Home Addition"

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!

Caryn AltmanHomeowner, Highland Park Remodel & Addition

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.

Susan SchreiberRealtor & Developer

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.

Rebecca PogonitzInterior Designer, GOGO design group

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.

Matt PollackGeneral Contractor, Red Rock Homes

I built a custom home in Highland Park, designed by Mark and had a great experience.
Construction went well and the home turned out great.

Tom DeckerInsulation Contractor, Chicago Green Insulation

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!

Len Eckhoff, AIA, ALAArchitect, Designs by Len Eckhoff Architect

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.

Ed SuchermanRealtor, Broker Associate at Baird & Warner Real Estate

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.

Rev. Jeffrey G. Pruett, Sr., M. Div.Close friend and personal advisor

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.

John AnstadtArchitect, trusted colleague

Mark’s attention to detail and organization skills to bring him to the forefront of everything he does.

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.

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Chicago custom home design
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

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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.

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