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Deborah Berke[edit]

Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP is an American born architect and a native New Yorker. She is the founding partner of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects in New York City and a Professor (Adjunct) of Architectural Design at Yale University, a post she has held since 1987. [1] In 2012, the Yale School of Architecture awarded her the King-lui Wu Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award.

Berke has been called the “architect of choice for design insiders” by Elle Décor [2] and “a champion of subtlety” by Interior Design Magazine. [3] In an interview with Peter Halley for Index Magazine, Berke is described as “a populist with a highly refined sense of what is and what can be elegant, and a minimalist who can’t help but lavish attention on detail. Of course, these contradictions are what make her one of the most interesting architects at work today.” [4]

In the late 1980’s, Berke designed more than a dozen houses in Seaside, Florida, the widely publicized New Urbanist prototype town. Ultimately she grew disillusioned with Seaside's strict pre-modern architectural codes. [5]

Berke continues in her role as a Founding Trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City [6] . She is also a Trustee of the Forum for Urban Design [7] and a Trustee, serving as Vice President, of desigNYC. [8] Over the past two decades, Berke has served as Chair of the Board of Advisors, Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, Trustee of the Brearley School, Vice President of the AIA New York Chapter, and a Trustee of the National Building Museum.

Berke serves as a juror in architecture and design award programs and lectures. For example, she participated in the Ghost13 Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. [9] [10] She served as a resource team member for the 51st National Session of the Mayors' Institute on City Design held in Charleston, South Carolina. [11] In May, 2011, Berke spoke at the Miller House Symposium, Indianapolis Museum of Art. [12] In October, 2011, she presented the financial and design success of the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY at the Urban Land Institute 2011 Annual Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.[13]

In the fall of 2008, Yale University Press published a book focusing on the firm's work. It is titled Deborah Berke. [14] Berke is the co-editor, with Steven Harris, of The Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1997. [15]

Berke’s architecture and interior design work has been featured in publications including Architecture, Architectural Record, Newsweek, Wallpaper, Elle Décor, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Vogue. [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26]

Berke is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A., 1975; B. Architecture, 1977) and The City University of New York (M. Urban Planning in Urban Design, 1984). In 2005 the Rhode Island School of Design awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts|2005.


Berke, Deborah and Katherine Farley, “Urban Intersections: Sao Paulo.” Yale School of Architecture Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship. Edited by Nina Rappaport, Noah Biklen, and Eliza Higgins. Yale School of Architecture. 2011
Berke, Deborah, “An Architecture of the Workplace,” in Architecture from the Outside In, Selected essays by Robert Gutman. Edited by Dana Cuff and John Wriedt. Princeton Architectural Press. 2010.
Berke, Deborah, “Thoughts on the Everyday” in Constructing A New Agenda: Architectural Theory 1993-2009. Edited by A. Krista Sykes. Princeton Architectural Press. 2010
Berke, Deborah, “Austerity Aesthetics,” Monocle. Issue 25. Volume 3. July 2009 [27]
Myers, Tracy. Deborah Berke. Yale University Press. 2008
Berke, Deborah and Steven Harris. Architecture of the Everyday. Princeton Architectural Press. 1997


  1. ^ Berke, Deborah. "Professor (Adjunct)". 
  2. ^ Lowry, Vicky (10). "Women in Design: Deborah Berke". Elle Decor.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Renzi, Jen (December 2002). "Interior Design Hall of Fame". Interior Design. 
  4. ^ Halley, Peter (1998). "Deborah Berke with Peter Halley". Index Magazine. 
  5. ^ Lange, Alexandra (25). "Chic Simple". New York Magazine.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Berke, Deborah. "Design Trust for Public Space, Board of Directors". 
  7. ^ Berke, Deborah. "Board of Directors, Forum for Urban Design". 
  8. ^ Berke, Deborah. "Board of Directors, desigNYC". 
  9. ^ McGuigan, Cathleen (24). "Ghost Lab 13: Plotting a New Course for Architecture". Architectural Record.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Hutchins, Shelley (19). "The International Ghost Lab Conference". Residential Architect.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Berke, Deborah. "US Mayor Newspaper: Charleston Mayor Riley, Jr. Welcomes Return of Mayors' Institute on City Design for 51st National Session". 
  12. ^ Berke, Deborah. "Miller House Symposium Speakers". 
  13. ^ Berke, Deborah. "Development, design and financing strategies for urban revitalization using hospitality and the arts.". 
  14. ^ Meyers, Tracy (2008). Deborah Berke. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300134391. 
  15. ^ Berke, Deborah (1997). Architecture of the Everyday. Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 9781568981147. 
  16. ^ Lowry, Vicky (September 2007). "Deborah Berke, 12 Things She can’t Live Without". Elle Decor. 
  17. ^ Lowry, Vicky (14 October 2010). "Women in Design: Deborah Berke". Elle Decor. 
  18. ^ McGuigan, Cathleen (October 2003). "Design Gets Real". Newsweek. 
  19. ^ Iovine, Julie; Hays, M.K. (June 2001). "Exceptionally Ordinary". Architecture. 
  20. ^ Iovine, Julie (April 1992). "A Working House". Architectural Record. 
  21. ^ Keates, Nancy (30 December 2011). "Top Architects Go Local". The Wall Street Journal. 
  22. ^ Jackson, Candace (23 July 2010). "The Joy of Emptiness". The Wall Street Journal. 
  23. ^ Viladas, Pilar (7 October 2007). "Living Over the Store". The New York Times Style Magazine. 
  24. ^ Vandam, Jeff (4 March 2007). "Female Bonding on Bond Street". The New York Times. 
  25. ^ Brûlé, Tyler (October 1996). "The Making of Miss Minimalism". Wallpaper. 
  26. ^ Gandee, Charles (April 1993). "Leaving her Blueprint". Vogue. 
  27. ^ Berke, Deborah (July 2009). "Austerity Aesthetics". Monocle 3 (25). 

External links[edit]

  • (official website)[1]