We are honored to be one of four shortlisted teams to design the new headquarters for the Houston Endowment, a foundation dedicated to enhancing “the vibrancy of greater Houston” and advancing “equity of opportunity for the people who live here.”
“The goal for this project is to create not only an inspiring workplace but one that supports the community they serve, all while connecting to the surrounding landscape, including Spotts Park and the larger Buffalo Bayou network. In much of our work, we focus on helping mission-driven organizations realize meaningful buildings that embody and promote their values, and we are excited to be exploring the potential of this project for the Endowment and for greater Houston,” said Ameet Hiremath, a principal at Deborah Berke Partners.
“We were thrilled with the response to our competition. We want to thank all the applicants for the effort put into their submissions; it was a privilege to see so much talent and vision. We look forward to selecting a winner later this year to help us bring more great architecture to Houston and give us a headquarters that better supports the foundation in pursuit of our mission,” said Ann Stern, President and CEO of the Houston Endowment.
Our team includes DAVID RUBIN Land Collective and Atelier Ten. We were selected in an open, international design competition that received 120 entries, along with Kevin Daly Architects with TLS Landscape Architecture, Productura, and Transsolar; Olsen Kundig with Surface Design; and Schaum/Shieh Architects with HKS and Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture. Congratulations to all the shortlisted firms! Read more about the competition here.
Currently on view in our studio, artists Alyse Ronayne and Raque Ford present Let Me Blow Ya Mind, a exhibition of fifteen paintings, sculptures, and collages. For over twenty years, we have hosted exhibitions in our office to support artists. We provide a platform; their creativity enhances our studio environment. Let Me Blow Ya Mind is on view by appointment through August 23rd.
Forbes interviewed Deborah Berke about 40 East End Avenue, equity in architecture schools, and how we create a dynamic and diverse practice where everyone can succeed. “It’s modeling the behavior we want to see in the profession. And I think, along with doing this for women, we also need to do it for all underrepresented populations in the world of design and construction. In my mind it’s really all one conversation because I believe that the profession of architecture needs to look like the public it serves, and that’s everyone,” she said. “We pay equally in my firm, we hire equally…So it’s the constant attention to these things, not the occasional large gesture, that’s part of it.” Read the full interview here.
Architectural Digest online profiled 21c Museum Hotels and the brand’s commitment to urban revitalization and presenting cutting-edge contemporary art to the public. The piece looks at the many historic buildings in the South and Midwest, including warehouses, bank towers, factory buildings, and old hotels, that we have transformed for the brand, which was founded by Louisville-based philanthropists and entrepreneurs Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown. “Steve and Laura Lee, profoundly devoted to their hometown, wanted to bring some new life downtown,” Deborah Berke, told AD. “Something forward-looking, but welcoming: cutting-edge art mixed with Southern hospitality. And the art wasn’t a marketing strategy; it’s truly what they’re passionate about.” Read more about our collaboration here.
A new book by Phaidon, Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century, features the North Penn House. The book includes work by iconic designers from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Lina Bo Bardi, Pierre Chareau, and Shigeru Ban. Deborah Berke and Noah Biklen led the design of the architecture of the North Penn house, and Caroline Wharton Ewing created the interiors. We are honored to be included in this impressive volume. Read more about the book here.
ArchDaily published the LEED Platinum High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College. The project is the first new residence hall at the college in more than 40 years. “We had two objectives: first to add something new to Dickinson’s historic campus, a building that provides for both distinctiveness and continuity, and second to reinforce the college’s residential life goals, primarily to create a rich, diverse, and ultimately flexible community,” said Partner Maitland Jones. The site also published the Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York. Read more here and here.
The East End Independent interviewed Deborah Berke about her philosophy on design and life. "Architecture is great and it’s a rich and rewarding field, but I think it is much healthier for architects to be broadly engaged and interested in society and in other fields. So, work hard as you design, in addition to visiting and really “seeing” buildings and spaces by others. Also read a novel. Go to a concert. Explore a part of the city you’ve never visited. It will improve your architecture in ways you can’t predict.” Pictured is the interior of BookHampton, which we redesigned a couple of years ago to bring more natural light into the charming seaside shop. Read the interview here.
The New York Times featured 77 Greenwich, a new tower in Lower Manhattan. FXCollaborative designed the building, and we designed the interiors for the apartments and amenity spaces. The warm modern interiors include highly tactile natural materials; the serene composition allows the sweeping views of the city and harbor to come to the foreground. Deborah Berke and Stephen Brockman are leading the project. Read more about it here.
AIA New York State honored the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia and the Richardson Olmsted Campus with Excelsior Awards, which “showcase design and professional excellence in publicly funded buildings.” The jury called Fredonia a “brilliant contribution to its surroundings while simultaneously being respectful of the original building,” and they said that the renovation of the Richardson Campus provides “a breathtaking new focus for a monumental piece of history.” Congratulations to all the other winners!
Tonight, Partner Maitland Jones will appear on a panel discussion at the Rizzoli bookstore in Manhattan for the new book Single-Handedly by Nalina Moses. The book features hand drawings by contemporary architects, including Maitland’s design proposal for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Rizzoli bookstore at 1133 Broadway at 26th street. Check it out!
The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading publication covering colleges and universities, features the High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College. The LEED Platinum building has two distinct facade treatments: limestone facing the historic campus and standing seam zinc overlooking a residential neighborhood. Inside, the building includes a variety of social and study spaces that students can make their own. Designed by Partner Maitland Jones and Principal Rhoda Kennedy, the building represents the first expansion of residential life on campus in over 40 years. Read more here.
Artist Jennifer Nichols is currently showing a series of paintings and watercolors in our Flatiron Studio. Titled Dream Baby Dream, the show features 26 works of varying scales. “Through color, symmetry, and repetition I create works that are at once centering and energetic,” Nichols wrote. Dream Baby Dream is on view through June 7 by appointment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.