School of Architecture dean wins Cooper Hewitt Design Award

Deborah Berke Partners, founded by the dean of the Yale School of Architecture, received a National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in the category of Interior Design.

Deborah Berke (Photo by Winnie Au for Deborah Berke Partners)

The award recognized the firm for projects such as Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters, the North Penn House, and several 21c Museum Hotels.

The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual awards program celebrates design “as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.”

An adjunct professor of architectural design at the School of Architecture since 1987, Berke assumed the deanship of the school on July 1, 2016.