Deborah Benros

Deborah Benros was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1979 and graduated from Faculdade de Arquitectura, University of Lisbon in 2003. In 2005 she collaborated with Arup London within the Foresight and Innovation team and in 2006 started working for Foster and Partners. At Foster's, she collaborated as a junior architect on the Walbrook office building (2009) and on the new Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport in London (2012).

In 2009, Benros started her doctoral studies in architecture that focused on the design of single housing at the Bartlett School of Built Environment, University College London. In 2010 she joined the Design and Computation group at MIT as a visiting scholar and carried on her research on shape grammars as a housing design procedure. In 2014, she returned to Foster and Partners as a project architect where she participated in projects such as the Apple campus in Cupertino (2017) and the Paris Apple flagship store (2018).

Benros's teaching experience is linked to design studio with a strong component of design and computation; the development of an architectural process and design methodology to produce housing is the main area of research.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural practice¬†
  • Architectural technology
  • Digital media
  • Housing
  • Visual representation
  • Housing systems, shape grammars, rule based systems

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4509/6509 - Architectural Housing Systems for Single HousingThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Fundacao da Ciencia e Tecnologia fellowship for science and technology, Lisbon (2009–13)
  • Young CAADRIA researcher, CAADRIA 12 Chennai, India (2012)
  • Best Paper, CAAD Futures '07, Sydney, Australia (2007)

Publications (Selected)

  • Benrós, D. "A generic housing grammar for the generation of different housing languages," Ph.D. dissertation, University College London (2018)
  • Benros, Deborah, José P. Duarte, and Sean Hanna. "The Inference of Generic Housing Rules: A Methodology to Explain and Recreate Palladian Villas, Prairie Houses and Malagueira Houses." DCC Conference, University College London (2014)
  • Benrós, Deborah, José P. Duarte, and Sean Hanna. "A New Palladian Shape Grammar." International Journal of Architectural Computing 10, no. 4 (2012), 521-540.