Deborah Berke Partners is honored to have been selected as the architect of The Women’s Building, a new center for the women’s and girls’ rights movement in New York City. The project will transform the old Bayview Correctional Facility, a former women’s prison in Manhattan’s Chelsea, into a place of empowerment and action. Developed by Goren Group and the NoVo Foundation, The Women’s Building will be a hub that offers leaders working on behalf of girls and women the space, resources, and support they need to drive critical change. Deborah Berke Partners’ proposal was selected following an international design competition to rethink the building, which was designed in 1932 by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, the architects of the Empire State Building.
“Over the last several months, we have met with and heard from hundreds of leaders and activists, including formerly incarcerated women, about what they hope to see in this building,” said Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation. “Deborah Berke and her team are the perfect partners to join us as we continue this journey, turning a shared vision of a space for liberation, equality, and justice for all girls and women into a concrete reality.”