Berkeley-Rupp Prize Recipient Deborah Berke: Exhibit Opening and Public Lecture

January 12, 2013 CED Announcement

Monday, January 28, 2013
Reception: 5:30 | Lecture: 6:30pm
Special Guest: Deborah Berke
108 Wurster Hall, Architecture Gallery
College of Environmental Design

The exhibition continues until the end of Spring semester, May 2013

The College of Environmental Design is hosting an exhibit by Deborah Berke, the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize. Entitled “Deborah Berke Partners,” the exhibit partially recreates Berke’s New York work space. The juxtaposition of the display and the process of Berke’s architecture reflects her fascination with designing places where people make things – from schools and studios to factories and boatyards. During its run, the show will function as a gallery offering visitors a visual catalogue of Berke’s career as well as an active work environment for her to use during her time as the Berkeley-Rupp Visiting Professor.

The lecture, “Work,” will cover the body of work Berke’s firm has produced since it was founded in 1982. Rather than adhere to typical systems of architectural lecture organization – such as typology or chronology – Berke identifies key ideas and themes that tie her diverse body of work together, a design thought-process she describes as a series of non-analogous constellations.

Founded by Sigrid Lorenzen Rupp, a Palo Alto-based architect, the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize awards $100,000 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.

Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke is founder of the New York City-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. She is also an adjunct professor of architectural design at Yale University. Throughout her career, Berke has shown a commitment to public service in her contributions to the field of urban design and architecture outside of her practice and teaching, as well as her approach to sustainability. She holds strongly to the belief that architecture must be of the “here and now”—grounded in its place and time, connected to its physical situation, shaped by its location.

During the Spring 2013 semester at CED, Berke will teach a graduate design studio entitled “New Fruits: Urban Apiary,” as a part of her professorship. The studio will explore the design and implications of a contemporary urban honey production and processing facility. Those students enrolled in Berke’s studio can expect to be challenged to rethink not only the design of an urban apiary but also the impact it could have on its environment, physical, cultural, and otherwise. The studio will be co-taught with Seema Kairam.