Deborah Saunt


Deborah’s studio DSDHA is founded on a persistent search for new forms of beauty through active design, research and agency. She sees the evolving role of the architect as spanning between intimacy and infrastructure, and responding to finite resources with infinite possibilities. For her, architecture must never stand still.

DSDHA’s award-winning projects range from highly acclaimed individual buildings, which celebrate materiality and the art of making, through to macro-scaled urban strategies, such as the redesign of Tottenham Court Road in London’s West End as well as public realm improvements around the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial – a project that resulted from a research fellowship she undertook for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Having completed her PhD thesis as part of the RMIT Practice Research programme. She is a member of several prestigious advisory boards and international judging panels, including her recent nomination as a Commissioner for the Independent Transport Commission advising on strategic urban development. Deborah also writes, broadcasts and lectures internationally about architecture.