Yale School of Architecture’s First Female Dean Speaking at Dallas Architecture Forum

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Cummins Indy office building in downtown Indianapolis, a 10-story, cantilevered, steel-and-glass creation designed by Deborah Berke Partners. Photo: Deborah Berke Partners

This July, the prestigious Yale School of Architecture will get its first woman dean, Deborah Berke, FAIA, the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners in New York City. Berke is currently a professor of architectural design at Yale, where she has been an adjunct professor since 1987.

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Deborah Berke, FAIA

This Wednesday, April 13, Berke is speaking as part of the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s spring lecture series at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave. Check in and a reception start at 6:15 p.m.

Deborah Berke Partners is an architecture and design firm that has completed projects around the world. The firm’s work ranges in size from master plans for universities, large-scale civic buildings, ground-up boutique hotels, and private residences. A highlight of Berke’s residential work is the East End Compound project, which includes a renovated 1970’s house by East End modernist Norman Jaffe.

Berke has been published in every major design publication, including Dwell, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Interior Design Best of Hospitality, Departures, Wallpaper, and Monocle. The firm’s many awards include nine AIA Design Awards, Architizer A+ Award, Conde Nast Readers’ Choice, Architectural Digest 100, and the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Regardless of scale, Deborah Berke Partners creates buildings that are elegant, authentic, inventive, and modern.

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Exterior of the East End Compound in Bridgehampton, NY. Photo: Jason Schmidt
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Interior of the East End Compound in Bridgehampton, NY. Photo: Jason Schmidt
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Sospiro Canal House in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Photo: Catherine Tighe

Berke’s firm has projects located in Europe, Asia and around the United States including 21c Museum Hotels in multiple cities, private residences, the Bard College Conservatory, SUNY Rockefeller Center, the renovation of the Yale School of Art, the Mannes College New School of Music, the Marlboro College Serkin Center, the James Hotel in Chicago, and the Irwin Union Bank in Columbus, Indiana. The cosmopolitan art-filled 21c Museum Hotels consistently rate as top reader favorites on the Conde Nast Traveler list.

She previously taught at several schools including Rhode Island School of Design. Burke was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize and received Yale University’s Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award.

Burke is the co-editor, with Steven Harris, of The Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Yale University Press published a book on her firm’s work titled Deborah Berke, the first book about a contemporary American architect to be published by this esteemed academic press. She also is the author of the soon to be released volume House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life.

Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.


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Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

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