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Contemporary architect Deborah Berke to discuss her work. Wednesday, December 5, 2007

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Deborah Berke, founder and principal of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP in New York City, will discuss her work on Wednesday, December 5, at 6:30 pm, in Taylor Hall, Room 206 at Vassar College. This event is free and open to the public.

Since establishing her practice in 1982, Berke has designed mixed-use, hospitality, retail, and arts-related buildings. Her firm has worked for a variety of clients including the Yale School of Art & New Theater, Calvin Klein, the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City, the James Hotels in Chicago and Scottsdale, and several residential customers. Noted for her dedication to the "whole vision" of architecture, her buildings have a presence and character derived from a subtle hand and bold composition.

Berke is a professor of architectural design at Yale University, a post she has held since 1987. She previously taught at the University of Maryland, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Her numerous professional contributions include a six-year tenure as the chair of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and a continuing role as a founding trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space in New York.

Berke co-edited, with Steven Harris, Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1998. Next fall, Yale University Press will publish a book focusing on her firm's work, which will be the first about a contemporary architect published by the press.

This event is sponsored by the Margaret McCurry Lecture Fund and the Department of Art. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact Cathy Jennings in the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 28, 2007