Yale School of Architecture Names New Dean

The next dean of the Yale School of Architecture will be architect Deborah Berke—founder of the New York design firm Deborah Berke Partners and the first woman to be named dean of the school.

“As a practicing architect and a long-time faculty member in the School of Architecture, Professor Berke is ideally positioned to lead it toward a successful future as it begins its second century,” said Yale president Peter Salovey.

Berke has completed such projects as the renovation and expansion of the Yale School of Art’s Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall. A trustee and vice president of the Forum and Institute for Urban Design, she serves on the boards of Yaddo and the James Howell Foundation. She also won the inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize given by the University of California-Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and co-edited The Architecture of the Everyday (1997), with Steven Harris.

Berke succeeds Robert A.M. Stern, who will step down in June of next year. She’ll continue in her role at Deborah Berke Partners.