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Lisa Henry Benham (she/her)

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


office: 375 S. 1530 E. RM. 235

phone: 801.581.8353


ARCH 3011 Architectural Studio II

ARCH 4850 Gender/Race/Disability in Architecture

ARCH 6010 Architectural Studio III G

ARCH 6850 Gender/Race/Disability in Architecture

ARCH 6816 Public Interest Design

ARCH 6819 Final Book


Lisa C. Henry Benham holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in English at the University of Utah. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Utah (SoA). Her research is focused on how Critical Gender, Race, Queer, and Disability theory intersect with architectural education, pedagogy, design and production. For example, her dissertation analyzes how research and analytical methods in humanities and literature can inform our understanding of architecture and the built environment as a critical tool in the construction of race. Henry lead the transformation of the curriculum at the SoA to focus on the values of Global Citizenship, Social Equity, Critical Agency, Resilience, and community engagement. The new curriculum uses research methods integrated with studio to develop a design process that centers the development of disciplinary knowledge in these areas, building these values into design processes, and project delivery focused on community and cultural resilience in Utah.

Henry has created several small-scale art instillations, including the Dresser Trunk Project and the Urban Gallery Project, both funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Dresser Trunk Project was a traveling art exhibition that tells the story of Black travel during segregation. The Urban Gallery project is a mobile art gallery, designed and built in collaboration with students, to record local contributions to the traditions that make New Orleans unique.