As Principal of Chicago-based Studio Gild, Melissa Benham brings a well-cultivated approach to the interior design process, creating conceptually driven and expertly curated residential and commercial spaces. With over ten years of experience in residential, hospitality and retail design working with world-class brands such as André Balazs Properties, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Ralph Lauren and Kara Mann Design, Benham seeks to create interiors rooted in a strong narrative and individual style.
Prior to embarking on her career in interior design, Benham held positions in fashion advertising and public relations in New York, where she honed a sartorial point of view that would eventually influence her approach to designing interior spaces. Benham has completed projects across the globe from North America to Europe to Asia.
Benham received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan and continued her education at Richmond, The American International University in London, where she studied interior design and photography. Benham went on to earn her Associate of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York. Benham is also accredited as a LEED Green Associate.