The Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia received an Architecture Merit award from AIA New York. The project renovated and expanded a 1968 arts building by I.M. Pei with new studios, workshops, and multipurpose spaces, and a new entrance. The building features a cantilevered dance studio with a monumental window wall, which allows the space to act as a beacon at night and makes the arts visible on campus. During the awards symposium, juror Brigette Shim called the project “thoughtful” and “well-resolved.” Congratulations to all our fellow winners! See the full list here.
We’ve added a selection of new residential projects to our website, including apartments, townhouses, and a modern guest house. In Manhattan, we recently completed a townhouse on the Upper East Side, an apartment for a couple with an extensive collection of Asian art, and a contemporary downtown apartment. We’re currently working on a guest house in New Canaan that draws on the tradition of modernism in the area and a new construction townhouse on the Upper East Side that is designed for family life and entertaining. Check out our residential work here.
New York Times columnist Alison Arieff surveyed gender equality in the profession in her piece, “Where Are All the Female Architects?” The column noted that women make up only 20 percent of licensed architects and 17 percent of partners and principals. “Every single woman architect I know would, I think, say the same thing,” Deborah Berke said. “‘I want to be a good architect who has a meaningful impact. I don’t want to be known for being a good woman architect.’ Architecture needs to look like the world it serves — and that’s everybody.” Deborah Berke Partners is a women owned firm, with an equal number of men and women, including in our firm’s leadership. We believe our diversity strengthens our practice. Read Arieff’s column here.
Ronald O. Perelman and his daughter Debra G. Perelman announced that the Perelman Family Foundation is making the lead gift to build a new residential college at Princeton. We were selected by the University to design two new residential colleges, each of which will provide an inclusive environment for 500 students to live, learn, dine, study, and socialize. The Perelmans’ generosity will allow the first of those colleges—to be named Perelman College—to proceed, advancing Princeton’s mission to expand and further diversify its undergraduate population. The project is led by Partners Deborah Berke and Maitland Jones, Principals Noah Biklen and Arthi Krishnamoorthy, and Associate Aaron Plewke. Read more here.
Last week, we were proud to host the AIA NY Women in Architecture committee for a presentation, discussion, office tour, and reception. Principals Rhoda Kennedy and Arthi Krishnamoorthy presented recent projects and demonstrated how collaboration and a diversity of perspective strengthens our practice. During the office tours and reception, members of our staff enjoyed meeting new colleagues and discussing how we can build a more inclusive profession. Thanks to everyone who attended!
The November issue of Architectural Record features the High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College, the school’s first new dormitory building in more than 40 years. The first group of students moved in this fall. As Record notes, the “High Street Residence Hall’s unique form succeeds in encouraging new ways for students to be engaged with each other and with their living environment; the two-toned exterior looks toward the future while acknowledging the past.” Partner Maitland Jones and Principal Rhoda Kennedy led the design of the project. We are thrilled it has been embraced by the Dickinson community. Read more about the project here.
We are honored that the Richardson Olmsted Campus has received the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the most prestigious prize in the field. The project transformed the central portion of the abandoned former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, an architectural masterpiece by H. H. Richardson, into the Hotel Henry. Jury chair Paul Goldberger called the winners of the Driehaus program “superlative examples of preservation in action,” in the Buffalo News. Read more about the program and the other winning projects in Preservation Magazine. We were thrilled to be a part of bringing new life to this monumental structure!
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The North Penn House in Indianapolis received an Honor Award from AIA Indiana. “An exercise in modesty and restraint, the jury really appreciated the discipline and thoughtfulness of the design…Overall a great project that exemplifies design excellence.” Partner Deborah Berke led the project with Principal Noah Biklen and Senior Principal Caroline Wharton Ewing. We are so pleased to be recognized by our peers and congratulate all the other honorees. Read about the awards here.
In Warren, Connecticut, we designed a house, clad in black stained wood, that hugs the horizon line and blends into the surrounding trees. Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and Dezeen have both recently published the project, which was led by Partners Deborah Berke and Marc Leff and Senior Principal Caroline Wharton Ewing (interiors). The house has an L-shaped plan that separates public and private zones in the house and extensive glazing opening out to the rolling hills and forest beyond. Read more about the house here and here. We are honored by the coverage.
The Off Duty section of The Wall Street Journal recently paid a visit to the boutique financial services office we designed in Midtown Manhattan. The office balances transparency with privacy and includes a variety of spaces for individual and collaborative work. The clients are also art and design collectors, so the space is enlivened with important works of painting, sculpture, and photography as well as vintage and contemporary furnishings. Writer Tim Gavan notes, “Communal spaces include a fully-stocked lounge and library that provide a variety of environments and experiences, including relaxation, a notion borrowed from the dot com world, without being slouchy or juvenile…The design honors the team.” Partner Deborah Berke and Principals Terrence Schroeder and Kiki Dennis led the project. Read the Journal’s story here.