Author: Rudabeh Pakravan

Women Who Inspire: Deborah Berke

NAME: Deborah Berke AGE: 59 OCCUPATION: Architect, Deborah Berke Partners WHO SHE IS: Her designs are often described as “understated.” She herself is, supposedly, “reserved” and “humble.” You might think that means her body of work doesn’t stand out as exceptional, but 30 years of thoughtful and sophisticated buildings will tell you otherwise. From homes and hotels to museums and university buildings, Deborah’s command of an elegant yet restrained design aesthetic has allowed her to create timeless and rich spaces that celebrate the inhabitants and context as much as the architecture. She also believes that her practice, Deborah Berke Partners, only plays a partial role in creating vibrant places: As an adjunct professor at Yale School of Architecture and a Founding Trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City, she has a direct effect on both future generations of designers and entire communities. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: During the course of my career I have often tried to identify women architects who, like me, have their own practice, teach and raise …