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robert benson

robert benson

Chicago, IL, US

 

About 

Robert is identified by his peers for his creativity, passion, humor and talent for research. An adjunct professor for many years with a conceptual mind, Robert structures his design studio similar the manner he taught studio. His love of learning has him constantly gravitating toward new opportunities and challenges.

Robert’s distinct voice and influential design have won over 30 major design awards including many from the AIA and IIDA. His work has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally and he was named in Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40. Most recently he has been lecturing on creating civility in architecture and participated on a Metropolis Think Tank panel titled: Discussion on Designing for Empathy and Inclusiveness.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

CannonDesign, Chicago, IL, US, Design Principal

Professional Experience

Higher Education/ Institutional/ S+T
UniJohns Hopkins APL B201 Lab + Office Bldg, Laurel MD Western Michigan University, Student Center, Kalamazoo MI Purdue Bioscience Innovation Bdlg, Calumet IN
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Data Sciences and Mathematics BDLG University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry BDLG, Madison WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemical Engineering BLDG Donor pkg, Madison WI Western Michigan University, 1,000 units student housing, Kalamazoo MI Northwestern University, Wirtz Performing Arts Center, Evanston IL
Argonne National Laboratory, Buildings 460, 200, 213, Lemont IL Medical College of Wisconsin, New Shell and Core Office, Milwaukee WI

Commercial
Showtime Entertainment Headquarters, West Hollywood, CA Fulton Office, New Shell and Core, Chicago, IL
GSA JCK LIFE +, Headquarters Workspace, Chicago IL Brunswick Corporation, Headquarters, Lake Forest, IL InMovement, CONFIDENTIAL, Chicago, IL
DCI Artform, Workspace - Digital Cave Chicago IL Britannica, Chicago IL
CA Ventures, Workspace, Chicago, IL
Echo Global Logistics, Headquarters Workspace, IL IDEXX R+D workplace, Portland ME
Michigan Plaza Plaza/ Lobby, exterior skin renovation, Chicago IL

K-12
Pasco Technical High School, Pasco County FL
Rockford Public School District 205, new k-5 prototype school, Rockford IL Chicago Jewish Day School, Chicago, IL

Hospitality
Cripple Creek Boutique 120 key hotel, Cripple Creek CO

Mar 2014 - current
 

4240 Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Associate Principal / Design Director

Commercial
Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI
Certus Bank Executive Headquarters, Greenville, SC Certus Bank Administrative Headquarters, Greenville, SC Chicago Manufacturing Center, Chicago, IL
Electronic Arts, Chicago, IL Investment Bank Office, Chicago, IL
Kerosene Creative Services, Chicago, IL Law Office, Chicago, IL
Quixote Corporation, Chicago, IL Rohner Letterpress, Chicago, IL The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL Polk Bros Foundation, Chicago, IL Sapient, Chicago, IL
Transwestern Commercial Services, Dallas, TX Transwestern Investment Company, Chicago, IL 101 North Wacker, Chicago, IL
150 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 200 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL
Certus Bank Retail Prototype, Greenville SC Certus Bank Retail, Charlotte NC
Certus Bank Retail, Macon GA
Mesa Del Sol: Culver Studios, Albuquerque, NM Regatta Fitness Center, Chicago, IL
Superior Block 8, Superior CO Hotel/Casino/Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Higher Education
21st Century Housing Project and Student Life and Modular Student Housing Study
Bouwkunde Building- Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Holland, Netherlands Center for Urban Agriculture - Chicago State University - Chicago IL
Illini Union Remodel University of Illinois - Urbana IL
Ikenberry Residence Hall, Urbana, IL (LEED GOLD Certified) University of Illinois - Champaign IL FAR Oglesby/Trelease Renovation, Urbana, IL
Public/Private Enterprise - Modular Student Housing, Dekalb, IL

Institutional / Not-for-Profit
Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services, Irving, TX (LEED Gold Certification)
Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection, Van Horn, TX
GSA Recovery State Street South, Chicago, IL (LEED GOLD Certified) Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Denver, CO
Mixed Use Municipal Building, Highland Park, IL
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Gloucester, MA Peace Lutheran Church, Lombard, IL
The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL Polk Bros Foundation, Chicago, IL
Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Oak Park, IL

Residential
2501 Larimer Mixed Use, Denver, CO
Blue Ribbon Loft Apartments, Milwaukee, WI Karcher Artspace, Waukegan, IL
Kingsbury Estates, Chicago, IL Mill Quarter Mixed Use, Bend, OR Private Residence, Chicago, IL Wolfram Residences, Chicago, IL
Wrightwood Residence, Chicago, IL

Jan 2004 - Mar 2014
 

von weise associates, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Project Manager / Designer

Jun 1999 - May 2003
 

Booth Hansen Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Project Architect / Designer

Sep 1997 - Aug 1999
 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Staff

Oct 1996 - Jan 1997
 

Education 

Ecole D'art Americaines, Fontainebleau, France, Ecole des Beaux Arts

Photography; Painting; Sculpting; Installation Art; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Traveling

Jun 1996 - Aug 1996
 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

AIA Gold Medal - Top Ranked Graduate Student
Thesis: Billy + Krystal: Perception Through Transitions in the City. Urban Design Studio - Taipei, Taiwan Center for Advanced Visual Studies - Emphasis in Photography; Krzysztof Wodiczko, Joseph Bartscherer

Sep 1993 - Jun 1996
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, BArch, Architectural Studies

Basic Design and Structures Education
Humanities Emphasis in Psychology

Sep 1988 - Jun 1993
 

Awards 

AIA Design Award, AIA Chicago Divine Detail, Britannica, Award

2019
 

IES Design Award, IES National Merit Award, Michigan Plaza Lobby, Cannondesign, Award

2019
 

Fast Company - Innovation By Design Award, RPS Cherry Valley School, Cannondesign, Award

2019
 

AIA Design Award, AIA Chicago, Brunswick Corp Headquarters, Cannondesign, Award

2019
 

IIDA Design Award, IIDA RED Award, Echo Global, Cannondesign, Award

2018
 

AIA Design Award, AIA Chicago Divine Detail, Echo Global, Cannondesign, Award

2017
 

IIDA Design Award, RED Premier Award, Certus Bank, 4240, Award

2014
 

AIA Design Award, AIA Chicago Merit Award, 11 West Quincy, 4240, Award

2013
 

AIA Design Award, AIA Illinois Honor Award, Chicago Law Firm, 4240, Award

2013
 

IIDA Design Award, RED Best in Show, GSA - 11 West Quincy Court, 4240, Award

2013
 

IIDA Design Award, RED Premier Award, GSA - 11 West Quincy Court, 4240, Award

2013
 

AIA Design Award, AIA Denver Merit Award, Certus Bank, 4240, Award

2013
 

American Architecture Award, European Centre for Arch/ Chicago Athenaeum, Chicago Law Firm, Award

2012
 

SPARK! Architectural Design Award, hydrogenerator, 4240/ Gensler, Award

2009
 

AIA Design Award US Customs and Border Patrol, Van Horn, TX, 4240, 1st Place

2008
 

40 under 40, Building Design + Construction recognition program, Other

2007
 

SPARK! Architectural Design Award, Glow: Pedestrian Bridge, 4240, Award

2007
 

AIA Design Award Glow: Pedestrian Bridge, 4240, Award

2006
 

AIA Design Award A Place for One Space for Many, 4240, Award

2006
 

Finalist Urban Open Design Competition, Chicago, 4240, Other

2006
 

Honorable Mention West End Bridge Design Competition, Pittsburgh, 4240, Honorable Mention

2006
 

Honorable Mention Eisenhower Interstate Exhibit Design Competition, UIUC, 4240, Honorable Mention

2006
 

AIA Design Award Office for Investment Banking Firm, vWA, Award

2003
 

Honorable Mention Chicago Prize “Stop Go: Chicago Portal Project”, v + b, CAC/ CCAIA/ FOD, Honorable Mention

2003
 

Finalist Emerging Visions Portfolio Competition, v + b, CCAIA/ CAC/ Knoll, Other

2003
 

AIA Design Award Polk Bros Foundation, vWA, Award

2003
 

Special Mention Chicago Public School Competition, vWA, CPS, Other

2001
 

Finalist City of Chicago Visitor’s Center Competition, vWA, Bureau of Tourism, Other

2001
 

AIA Design Award Our Lady of Guadalupe Design Competition, vWA, Award

2000
 

Honorable Mention Townhouse Revisited Competition, Graham Foundation, Honorable Mention

1999
 

Honorable Mention Millennium Plaza Competition, Village of Wheeling, Honorable Mention

1999
 

Design Award Arc et Senans prize Untitled Installation, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Award

1996
 

Areas of Specialization