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The Wallace Foundation Selects Deborah Berke Partners to Design Their New Office in New York

March 19, 2018

Following a competitive selection process, The Wallace Foundation has chosen Deborah Berke Partners to design their new office in New York City. The foundation’s mission “is to foster improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone.” Working in interdisciplinary teams, through its grantmaking Wallace works to answer, with credible evidence, important questions that, if solved, could help strengthen practices and policies within a field. The design of their offices, led by Partner and Principal , is intended to strengthen collaboration among staff to further the foundation’s important work.

Mission-driven architecture is a significant part of Deborah Berke Partners’ practice. Our inclusive design process builds consensus among diverse stakeholders for projects like and the . We’re inspired by these clients and the initiatives they support.

The Architect's Newspaper Visits the 122 Community Arts Center

March 16, 2018

This week, the Architect’s Newspaper took a preview tour of the in Manhattan’s East Village. The project, led by Partner and Principal , will house two theater companies, a painting gallery and residency program, a social service agency, and a dance organization. “To meet their needs, DBP carried the building, lightly, into an adjacent lot. Their addition, essentially circulation and a new entrance, hugs a former masonry schoolhouse designed in 1894 by C.B.J. Snyder—New York’s go-to school architect at the time,” writer Audrey Wachs notes. “The addition, clad in a perforated steel scrim and tucked carefully into the north wall, lightens the school’s heavy red-brick facade without compromising its classical symmetry.” The project will be complete in the late spring of 2018. Read more here.

In the Press: PIN-UP Interviews Deborah Berke About 122 Community Arts Center

March 8, 2018

PIN-UP magazine recently sat down with Partner to discuss our firm’s approach to transforming old buildings for contemporary uses. Dubbing Deborah the “quiet queen of adaptive reuse,” this lively discussion touched on the changing cultural landscape in New York, contrast versus mimicry in design, and collaborating with architects of the past. The conversation focused on our work at the in the East Village, a former public school building that now houses three performing and visual arts organizations and a community service agency. The project, led by Partner and Principal , is nearing completion and will open in spring 2018. Read the interview here.