Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP
creates buildings that have presence and character — that rely on a discourse between a subtle hand and bold composition to become arresting architecture. In an evolution of her "philosophy of the everyday," which earned her international renown, her work over the past decade is decidedly of a larger scale — distinguished by hospitality, commercial, residential, and arts-related buildings.
Deborah is Professor (Adjunct) of Architectural Design at Yale University, a post she has held since 1987. Previously she taught at the University of Maryland, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, of which she was a fellow.
Integral to her professional life, Deborah is deeply committed to public service. She continues in her role as a Founding Trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City. She is also a Trustee of the Forum for Urban Design and a Trustee, serving as Vice President, of desigNYC. Over the past two decades, Deborah 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. In addition, she serves as a juror in numerous architecture and design award programs and lectures throughout the US and Canada.
She is the co-editor, with Steven Harris, of The Architecture of the Everyday
, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1997. In the fall of 2008, Yale University Press published a book focusing on the firm's work — the first book on a contemporary American architect to be published by this esteemed academic press. It is simply titled Deborah Berke
Deborah is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A., 1975; B. Architecture, 1977), The City University of New York (M. Urban Planning in Urban Design, 1984), and in 2005 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, her alma mater.