Bill Bensley

Founder, Bensley Design Studios

Gardener, fisherman, architect, interior designer, wide-ranging explorer, landscape architect, lover of all things natural, Bill Bensley was hatched in Orange County in 1959, California – when orange trees grew there. The Harvard graduate was invited to work in Asia by classmate Lek Bunnag: “I had a burning desire for adventure, so I left the day after graduation,” he says. Bensley worked in Hong Kong and Singapore, and in 1989 opened shop in Bangkok. By 1990 he met his long-term guiding light Jirachai, and started BENSLEY’s Bali branch. With his team of more than 150 talented individuals, Bensley has designed more than 200 resorts, hotels and palaces in over 30 countries. Despite their success, Bill still believes that BENSLEY’s best work might appear when he grows up.