Founding Director
Bennetts Associates

BArch (Hons) DipArch RIBA FRIAS

Denise co-founded Bennetts Associates in 1987, with her partner Rab Bennetts, and plays a strategic role in the overall design direction of the practice. Key projects she has been involved with include major headquarters and City office developments, a new headquarters for a software company and a school for children with severe learning difficulties. She is a respected architectural critic, is an assessor for several awards schemes and is currently a member of the RIBA National and International Awards Group. She also serves as an external examiner at all stages of education at architecture schools across the UK and is a member of the British School at Rome’s Faculty of the Fine Arts. Denise has taken lead responsibility for the practice’s financial and legal affairs and undertook the key role in transferring ownership of the practice to an Employee Ownership Trust in 2016.


Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University, 1977 (RIBA professional qualification) Final Year Prize, 1977, jointly with Rab Bennetts


Bennetts Associates; 1987 to present

Dogs Trust, Basildon


Norwood Special Needs School, Bushey





John Menzies and BT Headquarters, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh

Heathrow World Business Centre, London



PowerGen Headquarters, Coventry



Teaching & Judging

Part III professional examiner - University College London, University of Greenwich, De Montfort University

Part II external examiner - Nottingham University, University of Sheffield PartI/Honoursexternalexaminer-UniversityofStrathclyde

Part I external examiner - University of Reading, including examining at inception of the new course Awards judge - member of RIBA National and International Awards Group, New London Awards and Civic Trust Awards


Events & Publications

RIAS Centenary Convention, 2016

‘AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017’, 2016

Women in practice’ in The Architect’s Journal, 2012 ‘Inspiration:StCatherine’sCollege’inBuildingDesign,2011 and The Twentieth Century Society Book, 2016

Judging panel

Danny Bickerton

Head of Design

Paul East

John McAslan + Partners

Denise Bennetts

Founding Director
Bennetts Associates

Nick Cadbury

Founding Partner & Creative Director

Sean Murray

Head of Marketing
Scottish Event Campus

Peter Wilson

Managing Director
Timber Designs

Macolm Fraser

Halliday Fraser Munro

Maggie Croft

Managing Director

Penny Lewis

Lecturer, Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Dundee

Garry Calderwood

Senior Designer