Richards - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Deborah A. Richards


Columbia University
Master of Architecture

University of Michigan
BS, Architecture


Deborah is an architect and urbanist focusing on developing digital design platforms where community members and/or project context data engage in the design process. At OU, Deborah works with other faculty and community members to develop digital placemaking projects. In addition, Deborah is the principal of Script Architecture, located in New York City and Oklahoma City. The firm’s work ranges in scope from furniture to health centers. At Script, the design process focuses on the stories of people and places to create situation specific design projects. These stories are often composed of complex data that is organized through generative code and computational design techniques.

Deborah believes the relationship between practice and teaching both encourages her own creativity and inspires students to understand how their ideas can be implemented in practice. At the University of Oklahoma she teaches core studio courses, advanced studio courses and computational design and fabrication seminars.

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Professional Credentials

Architect, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (August 31, 2018- Present).

Architect, Oklahoma. (May 7, 2015- Present).

Architect, New York State. (August 21, 2014- Present).

Member, The American Institute of Architects. (January 2015- Present).

Member, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. (January 1, 2014- Present).

Featured Research and Creative Activities in Progress

“NE OKC Storytelling Project” a collaboration between BlackSpace Oklahoma and the OU College of Architecture (2018)
“Digital Placemaking” (On-Going). (October 10, 2016- Present).


OU Humanities Forum Fellow 2018-2019: “Surfaces”

Young Professional Achievement Honor Award, AIA OKlahoma. (July 1, 2016).

William Kinne Fellows Memorial Traveling Prize, Columbia University, GSAPP. (May 1, 2009).

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Richards, D., (PI, 50% credit), Marold, K., (Other Key Participant, 50% credit), “Humanities Forum, “Surfaces”: Forum Grant Recipients,” Sponsored by University of Oklahoma, The University of Oklahoma, $5,000. (August 15, 2018 – Present).

Richards, D., (Co-PI), Sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities, State, $8,500. (January 2018 – Present).