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Debora Verniz, PhD

Debora Verniz
iLab Co-Director
Assistant Professor
139 Stanley Hall
Phone: (573) 882-4904
Curriculum Vita (pdf)


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2020; MS, University of São Paulo, 2012; BA, University of São Paulo, 2009


Debora Verniz is a researcher in Design and Computation. She completed her PhD in Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University (2020). Her PhD research focused on the development of a framework to plan accessible housing settlements in a mass-customized fashion.

At the University of Missouri, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Studies where she is also a member of the ILab and the Fabrication Lab. Her research interests are shape grammars, parametric/computational design, virtual/immersive/augmented reality, 3D scanning, and rapid prototyping.

Debora is an alumna of the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where she earned her bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Planning (2009) and her MS in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Technology (2013).

Research Interests

Design and Digital Media: Shape Grammars; Parametric/Computational Design; Virtual/Immersive/Augmented Reality; 3D Scanning; Rapid Prototyping