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.