Wed February 25, 2009
The American architect Deborah Berke, renowned for her building-related "philosophy of the everyday."
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's StudioTulsa, we speak with the celebrated American architect Deborah Berke. Yale University Press has just published a thorough and strikingly well-illustrated monograph on Berke's work --- called simply "Deborah Berke" (ISBN 0300134398) --- and it's the first such book that this press has ever put out on a living architect. Berke's buildings have won acclaim worldwide for both their workable elegance and clear-cut awareness of their natural and man-made surroundings. As we learn from her conversation with our host Rich Fisher, Berke's career as an architect has been --- and remains --- very interesting, and quite worthy of close inspection. In addition to leading her company, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, she is a professor of architectural design at Yale. Before that, Berke taught at the University of Maryland, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, and The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, where she was a Fellow. She is also the co-editor of the influential "Architecture of the Everyday," published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1997. (Editor's note: You can learn more about Berke, and view examples of her work, at her firm's web site, which is at www.dberke.com.)