Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP is an architect, educator, and the founder of New York-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Among the firm’s most significant works are the Marianne Boesky Gallery building in New York, the Irwin Union Bank in Columbus, Indiana, the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and the 21c Museum Hotels across the South and Midwest. The firm recently completed a new headquarters for Cummins’ Global Distribution Business, as well as the transformation of Buffalo’s Richardson Olmsted Campus into a new boutique hotel, conference, and event center, the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, and the interiors for 432 Park Avenue. The office is currently working on several large-scale commercial and university buildings. In 2017, Deborah Berke Partners was honored with a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Deborah is the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the first woman to hold the position. She has been a Professor (adjunct) at Yale since 1987. In 2012, she was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize at the University of California at Berkeley, which is given to an architect who has advanced the position of women in the profession and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.
Deborah and the firm are the subject of two books: House Rules (2016), which focuses on the firm’s residential work and offers practical and poetic advice for better living; and the forthcoming Working (2019), a survey of the firm’s workspaces, including offices, galleries, factories, and learning environments.
She is a board member of the James Howell Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of Yaddo. She was a founder and vice president of DesignNYC, a founding trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space, a trustee of the National Building Museum, chair of the board of advisors of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, trustee of the Brearley School, and vice president of the AIA New York Chapter.
Deborah is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and The City University of New York. In 2005, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.