Deborah Berke Partners is an architecture and interior design firm of more than 60 people who share a goal: to create buildings and spaces that are poised between background and foreground, where the presence of architecture is in a constant balance with the forces of life. Their design work is often described as having a refined, elegant aesthetic, but we like to think of it as being both bold and subtle at the same time. The firm is led by Deborah Berke, her two partners, and eight principals.
For more than 25 years, the firm has completed a diverse body of work that ranges from custom furniture to master planning, and everything in between. They work with individuals, educational institutions, cultural groups, and innovative developers to make private homes, public buildings, facilities for the arts, and distinctive hotels. All of their projects share what they call a “knowing simplicity,” a fine and deliberate crafting rooted in how their clients will inhabit the places they design.
Based in New York City, Deborah Berke Partners have completed projects in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and around the U.S. Currently they are working on projects in Taiwan, Arkansas, Berlin, Pennsylvania, and New York. Their portfolio is impressively diverse, ranging from a beach house, to a university building, to a hotel in the Midwest and everything in between.
In July 2016 Deborah Berke, the founder of the company, will become the Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University, where she has been a Professor (adjunct) since 1987. She was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize, given by the University of California, Berkeley. She has previously taught at several other academic institutions including the University of Maryland, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.
Berke’s notable projects include the Yale School of Art, the Music Conservatory at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, and the 21C Museum Hotels throughout the American south and midwest.
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