Benedicte Foo is particularly interested in the practice of Architecture and in the teaching of Design. Benedicte read for both the degree and the diploma in architecture at Cambridge. She returned to Cambridge in 1996, and has a MSt in Interdisciplinary Design in the Built Environment.
She has a wide experience of architectural practice, ranging from local government (she designed the GLC Women’s Committee building), co-operatives (with Matrix Feminist Design Co-op), working with sole practitioners such as David Lea (another Cambridge graduate well known for his concerns for an ecological approach to building), and running her own practice.
She has a broad experience of architectural teaching, ranging from lecturing on construction at Cambridge, through running studio teaching at the former North London Polytechnic, teaching drawing and construction to women returning to study, running short courses for community groups considering commissioning a building and working with school children. She was Architect in Residence at Hills Road Sixth Form College. She has served on the ARB Assessment Panel and also on Visiting Boards of the RIBA.
After returning to Cambridge she established the new Part 3 course in Professional Practice at the University, and has taught and examines on the IDBE course. She has also been an external examiner at the Bartlett, Cardiff and De Montfort Schools of Architecture and at Greenwich, Kingston and Bath Universities.