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Firm Profile

At Deborah Berke Partners, we distill complex considerations–environmental, social, and aesthetic–into meaningful architecture. Our work is transformative: from the reimagination of old buildings, to the creation of exquisite new ones.

Our buildings create powerful first impressions and continue to delight. The architecture we make captures the values and aspirations of our clients; strives to enrich the world around it through enduring design; and is mindful of the distinctive qualities of each place.

We connect people and places to create meaningful and lasting experiences: we consider how changing daylight shapes a room; how people move into a site and through a building; how materials feel and look through repeated use. Our approach is human-centered at all scales, from the broad vision of masterplans to the focused details of interiors (and everything in between).

We are a New York-based architecture practice that for over thirty years has made true-to-place projects around the country and the world. Partners Deborah Berke, Maitland Jones, and Marc Leff lead the firm with Senior Principals Stephen Brockman and Caroline Wharton Ewing, who have for many years worked side-by-side with each other and the firm’s seven principals. Each member of our design leadership possesses a deep and distinct area of expertise. Together, they have built a wide range of experience in five sectors: higher education; cultural institutions; boutique hotels; multi-family developments; and private residences.

The firm’s most significant work includes the Distribution Headquarters for Cummins Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Rockefeller Arts Center in Fredonia, New York; the interior architecture and design of 432 Park Avenue in New York City; 21c Museum Hotels across the South and Midwest of the U.S.; the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut; and numerous residences for private clients.

In 2017, the firm was honored with a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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In addition to designing a diverse range of projects, we are active in many aspects of the design field, architectural education and our community.

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We’ve been holding semi-annual exhibitions in our office since 1997. It’s a great way to support the artists we love and enrich our office environment.

NXTHVN: Founders and Fellow
Jonathan Brand, Jaclyn Conley, Titus Kaphar
Merit Award – Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia
AIA New York
Architecture A-List
ELLE Decor
Medal of Honor – Awarded to Deborah Berke
AIA New York
Excelsior Award – Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia
AIA New York State
Excelsior Award – Richardson Olmsted Campus
AIA New York State
Design Award of Honor – Dickinson College Residence Hall
SARA New York Council
AD 100
Architectural Digest
The American Architecture Award – Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
The American Architecture Award – Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
Excellence in Historic Preservation Award – Richardson Olmsted Campus
Preservation League of NYS
Design Award of Excellence – Richardson Olmsted Campus
SARA New York Council
Design Award of Honor – NXTHVN
SARA New York Council
East End Design Award – Book Hampton
End Magazine
East End Design Award – Crestview Lane House No. 2
End Magazine
Honor Award – North Penn House
AIA Indiana
Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award – Richardson Olmsted Campus
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Design Award of Merit – Richardson Olmsted Campus
SARA National
Design Award of Honor – North Penn House
SARA National
Best of Year Honoree - 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City
Interior Design Magazine
Best of Design Award, Honorable Mention – Richardson Olmsted Campus
The Architect's Newspaper
Best of Design Award, Honorable Mention – NXTHVN
The Architect's Newspaper
All Awards

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New York NY 10001

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