Firm Profile

We are an architecture and interior design firm of more than 50 people who share a goal: to create buildings and spaces that are poised between background and foreground, where the presence of architecture is in a constant balance with the forces of life. Our design work is often described as having a refined, elegant aesthetic, but we like to think of it as being both bold and subtle at the same time.

We believe we become better designers by always trying new things, which allows us to bring a fresh eye to everything we do. Starting in 1982, our firm has completed a diverse body of work that ranges from custom furniture to master planning, and everything in between. We enjoy working with individuals, educational institutions, cultural groups, and innovative developers to make private homes, public buildings, facilities for the arts, and distinctive hotels. All our projects share what we call a “knowing simplicity,” a fine and deliberate crafting rooted in how our clients will inhabit the places we design.

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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.


Office Exhibitions

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.

View exhibitions from

  • 2014

Awards

2014

  • Winner - 21c Museum Hotels & DBP Collaboration Good Design is Good Business Awards
  • Special Mention - 21c Cincinnati Architizer A+ Awards
  • Honorable Mention - 48 Bond Street Historic Districts Council Design Awards

2013

  • Rehabilitation Award 2013 - 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati Cincinnati Preservation Association
  • Global Awards for Excellence (winner) - 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati Urban Land Institute

2012

  • Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award, awarded to Deborah Berke Yale University School of Architecture
  • Award of Excellence - 48 Bond Street Society of Registered Architects NY Council (SARA/NY)
  • Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize awarded to Deborah Berke University of California, Berkeley
  • Citation for Design, 48 Bond Street AIANYS Design Awards

2011

  • 122 Community Center received a Design Excellence Award from Mayor Bloomberg at the Public Design Commission’s 29th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design program. New York City Public Design Commission
  • Honor Award - 21c Museum Hotel Louisville AIA Kentucky Design Awards

2010

  • USA's Best Hotel - 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards

2009

  • USA's Best Hotel - 21c Museum Hotel Louisville Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards
  • Award of Merit, Commercial/Industrial, Large Projects - Marianne Boesky Gallery AIANYS Design Awards
  • Merit Award for Architecture - Irwin Union Bank AIANYC Design Awards

2008

  • Finalist - Interior Design National Design Awards

2007

  • Citation for Interiors - James Hotel Chicago AIANYS Design Awards
  • Excellence for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse - 21c Museum Hotel Louisville AIANYS Design Awards
  • Hotel Luxury - Hospitality Design The Hospitality Design Award for Creative Achievement
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - New York Section Lumen Award of Merit

2006

  • Best of Year Award, Hospitality Design - 21c Museum Hotel Louisville Interior Design Magazine
  • Hospitality Design Awards - 21c Museum Hotel Louisville Hospitality Design

2004

  • James Hotel Scottsdale, AZ Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award
  • 3rd place New Housing New York Invited Competition
  • Interior Architecture Award - Box Studios AIANY Design Awards

2002

  • Interior Design Magazine’s Annual Design Award Hall of Fame Inducte

2001

  • Interior Architecture Award - Baron Loft AIANYC Design Awards

1999

  • Interior Architecture Award - Howell Loft AIANY Design Awards

1993

  • Award for Planning and Design Record House, Architectural Record

1990

  • Wood Design Merit Award American Wood Council

1989

  • AIA Design Awards Program - Honor Award Gulf States Chapter
  • Honor Award Gulf States Chapter AIA Design Awards Program

1988

  • Builder’s Choice Merit Award Builder

1986

  • Builder’s Choice Merit Award Builder

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Contact

Contact

220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001

212 229 9211

If you would like to inquire about a position at our office, please email a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, CV, and work samples to Jobs@dberke.com. The PDF file must not exceed 5 MB in size.