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Lázlo Z. Bitco '60 Conservatory Building at Bard College by Deborah Berke, FAIA, who will address the Dallas Architecture Forum on April 13. Photo by Chris Cooper

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with esteemed architect Deborah Berke, FAIA, and founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, a New York City-based architecture and design firm that has completed projects around the world. 

The firm specializes in cosmopolitan art-filled hotels for 21c Museum Hotels, buildings related to the arts, residential developments and private homes. The 21c properties consistently rate as top reader favorites on the Conde Nast Traveler list. Berke has achieved fame for her book, The Architecture of Everyday, which she co-edited with Stephen Harris; her firm has been published in every major design publication including, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design Best of Hospitality, Departures, Wallpaper, and Monocle; it is the subject of the book Deborah Berke, by Yale University Press – the first book about a contemporary American architect to be published by this esteemed academic press, and the firm has been inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame and is a member of the Architectural Digest 100. A new book on the studio’s work will be published by Rizzoli in 2016. In July 2016 Berke will become the first female Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 1987.

Berke will speak on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village.

“Deborah Berke is known for elegant, inventive, modern and authentic work that focuses on simplicity, natural light and thoughtful use of materials in art-filled, functional and livable spaces.  Berke is a highly recognized leader not only in the field of design, but in the academic and publishing worlds as well. We think she will be of great interest to the Dallas community,” stated Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on April 13th, with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. 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 to attend Forum lectures. 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 or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2015-2016 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, and Maharger Development | Reggie Graham.  Spring Series Benefactors are HKS, Impact Outdoor Advertising | Janet Kafka and Associates, Jackson Walker LLP, Scott + Cooner, and Smink, Inc. Lecture Benefactors for this event are GFF, SCHMIDT & STACY, STAFFELBACH, Emily Summers Design Associates and Turner Construction.  Reception Underwriters are Frank + Diana Aldridge, Bernbaum + Magadini, and Morrison Dilworth + Walls.

Deborah BERKE
Founder and Architect; Deborah Berke Partners
New York City
13 April 2016
Wednesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
The Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Deborah Berke, FAIA, is the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, a New York City-based 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. Regardless of scale, Deborah Berke Partners creates buildings that are elegant, authentic, inventive, and modern. The studio has designed projects in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and around the United States including 21c Hotels in multiple cities, the Bard College Conservatory, SUNY Rockefeller Center, the James Hotel in Chicago, the renovation of the Yale School of Art, the Mannes College New School of Music, the Marlboro College Serkin Center, and the Irwin Union Bank in Columbus, Indiana.   The studio has received many awards for its projects including recognition from ULI, 9 AIA Design Awards, Architizer A+ Award, Conde Nast Readers' Choice, and induction in the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame, and the Architectural Digest 100.

Berke's East End Compound project, which includes a renovated 1970’s house by East End modernist Norman Jaffe, was published in Architectural Digest, and she has also been published in Dwell, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design Best of Hospitality, Departures, Wallpaper, and Monocle. This year was the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices 30 Year anniversary, and Metropolis highlighted a few past award recipients including Steven Holl, Toshiko Mori, and Ms. Berke.

Deborah Berke is a Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, and the incoming Dean of the School of Architecture, succeeding Robert A. M. Stern. Berke will be the first female to hold this prestigious position.  She previously taught at several schools including Rhode Island School of Design.  Deborah was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize and received Yale University’s Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award.  Deborah 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. A new book on the studio’s work will be published by Rizzoli in 2016.

About the Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 160 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.

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