Deborah Saunt is a Founding Director of the architecture, landscape and research studio DSDHA. Known for their high-profile urban strategies and innovative buildings, often in complex and sensitive environments, as well as widely-acclaimed research, they have been recognised with 20 RIBA Awards to date, shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, and twice nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
Recent and ongoing projects include the reinvention of the National Youth Theatre’s London headquarters, the refurbishment of London’s iconic Economist Plaza in St James and a new mixed-use building on Piccadilly for The Crown Estate. Urban scale work includes the redesign of the public realm around the Royal Albert Hall, the public realm framework for the West End Project including the reimagining of Tottenham Court Road, and Exchange Square – a new park for the City of London above Liverpool Street Station.
Much of Deborah’s current work is concerned with democratising architecture, as a Founding Director of the London School of Architecture and having set up the Jane Drew Prize in Architecture, and she regularly talks and writes on issues of diversity and innovation in the built environment.