Debbie Chen (Doing Business As...)

Architect, Designer, Educator

Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Licensed Architect: NY, WI, RI

DC(DBA) is a design practice founded by Debbie Chen.

Debbie is Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work explores how infrastructural typologies warrant design attention and exert spatial/cultural influence. Interested in the pragmatic-sublime nature of infrastructural space, her current research looks at the cultural extensions of geothermal energy in Iceland as well as the intersection of decarbonization and architectural representation through gameplay.

As a licensed architect, Debbie previously served as Project Architect at Morphosis Architects and as Project Lead at LTL Architects.  Prior to joining RISD, she taught at Syracuse University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was the 2021-2022 Architectural Activism Fellow. She received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.