Bill Bensley, Founder, Bensley Design Studios.
Harvard educated under Moshe Safdie, Bill’s early career was under the masterful eye of Lek Bunnag, one of Thailand’s true national treasures.
Since 1984, Bensley has been designing resorts throughout Asia and the world. At the tender age of 30, Bill decided it was time to really make his mark and Bensley Design Studios was born.
Almost 25 years have passed since then, and BDS has since designed some 180 resorts and hotels. BDS has slowly grown to 150 talented architects, interior designers, landscape architects and fine artists and has never once experience slow times: “For 25 years we have consistently been very busy doing just the projects that are both fun and challenging” said Bensley. At last count BDS has worked in some 30+ countries spanning the globe.
They have gleaned more than their share of awards; AD100, Spa Asia Magazines #1 spa designer, Conde Nast’s #1 hotel in the world for three years running, Four Seasons Tented Camp, Time Magazine; Most Creative Hotel Designer, Fast Magazine World Most Creative etc etc.
Despite the notion that Bensley and team are now considered firm leaders in the field of hospitality design, Bill still believes that nothing they have done is that good and that their best work is yet to appear!