Deborah Saunt is a co-founder of the architecture, urban design and spatial research studio DSDHA. Known for their innovative buildings and public spaces, often in sensitive historic environments, they have twice been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award and were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010, as well having received 17 RIBA Awards to date.
Recent and ongoing high-profile projects include the refurbishment of London’s iconic Economist Plaza and a new building on Piccadilly for The Crown Estate. Urban scale work includes the reimagining of Tottenham Court Road, the redesign of the public realm around the Royal Albert Hall and a new park for the City of London.
Deborah also writes, broadcasts and lectures internationally, and much of her current work is concerned with democratising architecture and helping to redefine the role of architecture in the 21st century – addressing people’s emerging needs in the context of rapidly shifting environmental, technological and social conditions.
Deborah gained her PhD with the RMIT Practice Research Programme and has held academic appointments at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Cambridge. She helped co-found the London School of Architecture in 2015 and is now one of its Trustees.