Deborah Berke: CED Exhibit, Lecture, and Graduate Studio Briefs

Spring 2013


From January 28th 2013 through May 2013, The College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley hosts an exhibition to recognize Deborah Berke as the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize in the College of Environmental Design’s Wurster Gallery. Deborah Berke designed the exhibit entitled “Deborah Berke Partners” to recreate, in part, her New York work space in Berkeley. The show functions as a gallery offering visitors a visual catalogue of her career and as an active work environment for her to use during her time as the Berkeley-Rupp Visiting Professor. The juxtaposition of the display and the process of Berke’s architecture is integral to the exhibit because it reflects her fascination with designing places where people make things – from schools and studios to factories and boatyards.

Berke design studio


On January 28, 2013 Deborah Berke gives a public lecture at University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. The lecture, entitled “Work”, is part of the CED’s Architecture Lecture Series and marks the inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize lecture. Deborah Berke will use the lecture as an opportunity to talk about the body of work her firm has produced since its beginning 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. Through her lecture, she will use a variety of projects to demonstrate a design thought-process she describes as a series of non-analogous constellations.


For the Spring 2013 semester, Deborah Berke will teach a graduate design studio in the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. The studio, titled “New Fruits: Urban Apiary” explores the design and implications of a contemporary urban honey production and processing facility. Deborah Berke has long been fascinated with designing places where people make things – from schools and studios to factories and boatyards and will share this interest with her students.

Jennifer Wolch, Deborah Berke, and Tom Buresh

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. Not only does Berke have extensive teaching experience (she has been a professor of architectural design at Yale University since 1987) but she also has taught a design studio about an urban production space (in 2012 she led a class of Yale students in a design studio centered around an urban whiskey distillery in Louisville, Kentucky). These experiences will allow her to fully engage with the students in this unique studio offering. The studio will be co-taught with Seema Kairam.

Photos courtesy of Brant Ward, staff photographer, San Francisco Chronicle