Early life and education
Deborah Berke, FAIA, Founding Partner of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, is a 1975 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor in Fine Art and received her M.Arch in 1977. She earned a master’s in urban planning 1984 at the City University of New York.
Career in Architecture
Berke founded Deborah Berke and Parnters in 1982. She serves as a trustee and vice president of the Forum + Institute for Urban Design and was a Founding Trustee of New York City’s Design and of New York City’s Design Trust for Public Space. Throughout the United States and Canada, Berke is a juror in several architecture and design award programs and lectures. In a 2009 Voice of America article, Berke said, “I think architects need to and do address both of these things simultaneously: I, the architect, make something for you, the user. And then also, I care about what you feel when you walk by my building.”
Major Buildings and Projects
Bard College Laszlo Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York (2013)
21c Museum Hotels, Bentonville (2013), Cincinnati (2012), Louisville (2006)
48 Bond Street, New York, New York (2008)
James Hotel Chicago, Illinois (2006) and Scottsdale, Arizona (2004)
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, New York (2006)
Yale School of Art and New Theater, New Haven, Connecticut(2000)
Numerous private residences
Press and Awards
Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize, 2012
Co-author, with Katherine Farley, of Urban Intersections: São Paolo, published by W. W. Norton & Co., 2011.
Author of “An Architecture of the Workplace” in Architecture from the Outside In: Selected Essays by Robert Gutman, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
Author of “Thoughts on the Everyday” in Constructing a New Agenda: Architectural Theory 1993-2009, edited by A. Krista Sykes, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
Subject of Deborah Berke, by Tracy Myers, published by Yale University Press, 2008.
Co-editor, with Steven Harris, of The Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 1997.
Adjunct Professor, Architectural Design at Yale University (1987)
Fellow, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies
Trustee & Vice President, Forum + Institute for Urban Design
Founding Trustee, New York City’s Design Trust for Public Space
Co-editor, The Architecture of the Everyday, Princeton Architectural Press
Previous teaching posts at University of Maryland, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, and The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.