Benz studied Architectural Design at the Royal Art Academy, The Hague in The Netherlands where he developed a keen interest in lighting design. He consequently went on to study for a Masters in Architectural Lighting Design at the University of Wismar in Germany.
In 2008 Benz joined Speirs Major as an Assistant Designer and was promoted to Design Associate in 2017. In 2020 he was made Senior Associate. His ambition is to bring more imagination into the experience of a space – if applied to fantastic architecture and public realm, light can make the experience for people even better.
“I want to use light to add a little bit of magic to create inspirational experiences.”
Benz has worked on a number of projects including the multi-award winning Gasholders London in the King’s Cross development, the City of London Lighting Strategy, and the innovative Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta in Helsinki, Finland. He was also integral to the design for ‘In Lumine Tuo’, an animated light installation in Utrecht, The Netherlands which won the top prize in lighting design, the IALD Radiance Award, in 2014.
Benz has a keen interest in research and development, and was instrumental in the design of the award-winning street lighting luminaire Aeroblades, which was developed with Cree Inc. He also collaborated on the Eira luminaire with Fagerhult, and most recently, Benz worked on the new lighting fixture ‘CELLS’ with manufacturer Reggiani. He also worked on the recent research project Third Age of Light.