Scrafano Architects

Deborah Mackler Fisher brings a blend of pragmatism and artistic fun to her design process. She draws inspiration from her extensive travels and art background, while using her passion for materials, color, and scale to solve each new design challenge.

Prior to joining Scrafano Architects in 1999, Debbie worked in the offices of Narduli Grinstein, Landworth Debolske Architects, and Universal Studios. She has collaborated with her husband on large scale entertainment design projects in the United States, Bahamas, and Dubai. She and Elissa have known and worked with each other since 1990.

She has taught courses in architecture, color theory, furniture making, and figure drawing at USC, UC Irvine, Woodbury, and SCI-Arc. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Debbie earned her B.A. in studio art from the College of William and Mary and her Master’s in Architecture from SCI-Arc. She has studied and lived in Italy, Turkey, and Switzerland and traveled extensively in Europe, parts of Asia, and Central America.

When not focusing on Scrafano Architects, Debbie pursues a range of interests. She has published a book of photos, Ten Moments with Amy Berssen, and exhibits her travel photography montages, makes jewelry, and enjoys triathlons. Her twins keep her busy constructing buildings with cardboard boxes, duct tape, and glitter glue.

  • College of William & Mary B.Art
  • SCI-ARC M.Arch
Favorite Author
Alexander McCall
2 Truths and a Lie
I thrive on small space design challenges. I need more sleep. I have tiny feet.
Favorite Buildings
Residences by Louis Baragan, Glenn Murcutt and Craig Ellwood, Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haute, Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familiaand taped
Favorite Color
Favorite Artists
Lee Bontecou, Richard Serra, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko
Favorite Food
Favorite Towns
Cortona, Ocracoke, Littlejohn Island