Deborah Berke


  • B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design
  • M.U.P. in Urban Design, City University of New York

Ms. Berke is the founder of the New York-based architecture and design firm Deborah Berke Partners. Work designed by the firm includes several award-winning projects for 21c Museum Hotels, the Yale School of Art’s Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Hall, and Cummins Indy. The firm recently completed the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia and is currently working on several large-scale commercial and university buildings. Ms. Berke lectures throughout the United States and has won numerous design awards. In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize by the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Ms. Berke was a coeditor of Architecture of the Everyday. A monograph of her work was published by Yale University Press in 2008, and in 2016 her book House Rules was published by Rizzoli. She serves on the boards of Yaddo and Venetian Heritage. In 2012 she was selected by the graduating students to be awarded the Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award. Ms. Berke received a B.F.A. and a B.Arch. from the Rhode Island School of Design, which in 2005 awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, and an M.U.P. in Urban Design from the City University of New York.