Archinect - News 2017-07-20T08:53:22-04:00 Deborah Berke Partners to receive a 2017 National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt Justine Testado 2017-05-08T15:47:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T17:47:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum recently bestowed a 2017 National Design Award to Deborah Berke Partners in the Interior Design category. The awards competition recognizes designers, patrons, and companies for &ldquo;excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life&rdquo; in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ten categories</a>. Firms and individuals are nominated and portfolios are evaluated by a multidisciplinary jury of prominent design leaders, as well as previous winners.</p><p>&ldquo;Our work, especially with old buildings, is quietly resistant to throw away-culture, to junk-space,&rdquo; Deborah Berke said in a statement. &ldquo;Call it architecture, interior design, or adaptive reuse. Labels don&rsquo;t matter. It&rsquo;s about creating spaces that people love, spaces that dignify contemporary life.&rdquo;</p><p>Partners Deborah Berke, Maitland Jones, and Marc Leff and Senior Principals Stephen Brockman and Caroline Wharton Ewing will accept the award on behalf of the firm during the ceremony on October 19.</p>... Comedy meets architecture as Michael Ian Black chats with Deborah Berke Julia Ingalls 2017-04-06T12:18:00-04:00 >2017-04-06T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although certain architects have attempted&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to inject humor into the profession</a>, architecture is generally not known for its slapstick and wry timing, which makes the pairing of interviewer Michael Ian Black (formerly of classic comedy show <em>The State</em>) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke</a> just...unusual, but great. You can listen to their talk about the role of architecture in everyday life&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>While you're at it, take a listen to Archinect's podcast conversation with Deborah Berke...</p><p></p> Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis Julia Ingalls 2017-01-17T17:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:09:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that &ldquo;over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The building&rsquo;s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose&mdash;to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...</p> One-to-One #41 with Deborah Berke Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:49:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The small town of Columbus, Indiana is packed with the works of famous modernist architects, but unlike cities like New York or Chicago, Columbus&rsquo;s pedigree isn&rsquo;t so often brought into the national architectural discourse. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibit Columbus</a>, a new symposium and exhibition happening annually in the city, is hoping to change that.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke</a>, architect and dean at Yale, has worked extensively in Indiana and was a keynote speaker at this year's inaugural Exhibit Columbus symposium. She joined me on the podcast to reflect on the local and regional influences of Columbus, Indiana, and the impact they've had on her career.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#41 with&nbsp;<strong>Deborah Berke</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p>Listen to our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sessions podcast about Exhibit Columbus</a>&nbsp;for more bac...</p> Yale Dean Deborah Berke advocates pluralism in pedagogy Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:33:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="547" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Deborah Berke, a practicing architect with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a firm of over 60 employees</a> and former adjunct Yale professor, has replaced the inimitable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert "Bob" A.M. Stern</a> as the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Berke has ideas about how to shape the future of the school's pedagogy. In an interview with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTPost</a>, she lays out her vision, which is centered on advancing the "history of pluralism":&nbsp;</p><p><em>In terms of curriculum, her definition of pluralism will expand to include more emphasis on how architecture can respond to the impact of climate change and globalization, both of which she emphasizes as &ldquo;rapid.&rdquo; For the student body, which is already about 50 percent female, and faculty, pluralism translates to broader diversity.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s put it this way,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;the profession of architecture does not look like the population at large and I am going to work hard toward having the architects we train and the architects who teach be more reflective of the population at large.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More on Deborah Be...</p> Deborah Berke about her childhood, RISD, and the desire for simplicity Alexander Walter 2016-03-01T15:13:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:21:04-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though I'd lived minimally my whole life, I have a husband and a grown daughter, and they do have stuff. We make dinner and have dinner parties and entertain a lot. But what's stayed the same is that the spaces are really spare. We pay attention to the art that's on the wall and the books that are in the room, something I picked up from my parents. How we're in a room alone and how we're in a room with friends and family both matter. In a way, I want the rooms to be perfect containers for life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Deborah Berke in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NY Times chats with Deborah Berke about her work on 21c Museum Hotels</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled</a></li></ul> The NY Times chats with Deborah Berke about her work on 21c Museum Hotels Alexander Walter 2016-02-19T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:40:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deborah Berke&rsquo;s appointment last year as the first female dean of the Yale School of Architecture might have brought her into the limelight, but the architect and interior designer had already been getting attention for her work on 21c Museum Hotels, a small chain of boutique properties doubling as art galleries. [...] In old buildings, you&rsquo;re taking what you find and complementing that with the architecture and design of today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Deborah Berke stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's Deborah Berke for downtown Naptown!</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Architect Deborah Berke Selected for Berkeley-Rupp Prize</a></li></ul> Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T19:24:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Deborah Berke, founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke Partners</a> in New York and architecture faculty member at Yale, has been named Dean of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>, to succeed current Dean Robert A.M. Stern effective July 1, 2016. She has taught at Yale for nearly thirty years, and began her now 60-person practice in 1982.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Berke's academic approach to architecture is enthusiastically interdisciplinary, encouraging students to&nbsp;&ldquo;understand they are part of a larger cultural conversation.&rdquo; She plans to bring this collaborative focus to the deanship to develop stronger partnerships between the School of Architecture and other university disciplines. She will also be the first woman to serve as the school's Dean.</p><p>In her practice, Berke is known for a diversity of projects, ranging from preservation and adaptation of historic buildings, to large-scale urban landscape work, residential and commercial developments, cultural institutions, and recently, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">corporate headquarters of Cummins in downtow...</a></p> Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled Justine Testado 2014-12-03T15:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T21:31:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since Cummins Inc. appointed Deborah Berke Partners <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in September</a>, the company finally revealed DBP's design of their new global distribution business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis to the City of Indianapolis&rsquo; Metropolitan Development Commission today. The Commission could vote on the plan as early as December 17.</p><p>Deborah Berke went against <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a> for the development. The new distribution headquarters appears to have been receiving a very warm welcome from locals, as the project is considered a refreshing sight that can bring more architectural innovation into the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located in a 4-acre plot in the Market East cultural district where the Market Square Arena previously stood, the plan includes a 10-story tower that will provide flexible office space, views, and natural light, a conference center, retail spaces, a parking garage, and an ample amount of public green space. The building is expected to break ground in early 2...</p> It's Deborah Berke for downtown Naptown! Donna Sink 2014-09-16T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-12-03T12:23:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="819" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday morning that it has selected New York-based Deborah Berke Partners to design its global distribution headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cummins Inc. has an important history of working with significant architects in Columbus, Indiana, the small Midwestern city where it is located.&nbsp; In selecting Deborah Berke Partners for its new global headquarters in downtown Indianapolis the company commits to fostering excellent design in the region, as well.</p> Cummins picks Deborah Berke, SHoP and TWBTA to design its Downtown Indianapolis HQ Archinect 2014-07-18T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T14:46:36-04:00 <img src="" width="534" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cummins Inc. hasn't revealed even a back-of-the-napkin sketch of what its regional headquarters in Downtown Indianapolis might look like, but one thing is certain at this point: It won't be locally designed. The engine maker said today it's picked three small to mid-sized New York City architectural firms to compete for the contract to design the $30 million multi-story building [...]. The competitors are Deborah Berke Partners, SHoP Architects, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's some additional information about the Indianapolis office design competition we've received directly from Cummins Inc.:</p><p>"The design competition engages design and architecture experts to assist in delivering on the Company&rsquo;s goals to construct a building that enhances the community, creates a productive workplace for Cummins employees and reflects Cummins&rsquo; mission and values. [...]</p><p>The winning architect will be announced in September and selected based on a number of factors including their ability to align with Cummins values, deliver on the vision of the building, and assemble a diverse team. [...]</p><p>Cummins initially announced plans to build its new Indianapolis office in March of 2014. Cummins will build on approximately four acres that previously housed a portion of Market Square Arena and expects to break ground in early 2015 and open in late 2016. The company&rsquo;s plan for the site includes an office building with ground floor retail, a flexible learning center, public green s...</p> New York Architect Deborah Berke Selected for Berkeley-Rupp Prize Alexander Walter 2012-09-11T17:36:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T18:12:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Deborah Berke, founder of New York City-based firm Deborah Berke Partners, has been selected as the first recipient of UC Berkeley&rsquo;s College of Environmental Design (CED) inaugural 2012 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Berkeley-Rupp Prize will be awarded biannually to a distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.</p>