Established by Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, in 1982, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects is recognized for its broad range of work encompassing mixed-use, commercial & hospitality, institutional, and residential projects. At the same time, the firm's diverse talent has allowed for a successful integration of interior design, master planning projects, and a line of furniture into its unique design vision—firmly establishing DBPA as a "whole vision" architecture and design firm. Recognized for its distinctive balance of the common with a subtle and luxurious attention to detail, the firm seeks always to root a program in its context, honoring its integrity and ennobling the daily activity specific to it. Especially adept at shaping architectural language using regional materials and building technologies, DBPA's work is peppered throughout the United States, as well as in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
In the last decade, the firm has grown from a handful of staff to include a dedicated group of over 26 architects, designers, and technical and administrative staff. Though each has a particular expertise, the team thrives on a spirit of collaboration, characterized by a transparent flow of information and open exchange of ideas, and evidenced by the open layout of the studio. So while the aesthetic vision for the firm's projects may grow out of the unique design talent of a single individual—Deborah Berke—the successful realization of that vision is supported, furthered, and enhanced by the team in place.
Reflective of DBPA's commitment to an interdisciplinary roster of work, current projects include: a combined museum/hotel/condominium development in Austin, Texas; a community arts center in NYC; a master plan for a college in Berlin; and several private homes.