Yale’s Deborah Berke Has Been Awarded the 2022 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education

Deborah Berke, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has been awarded the 2022 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given for architectural education in the United States. The award is given out by the  American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to an individual who has been involved in architectural education for at least a decade, and whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students.

For more than 40 years, Deborah Berke has leveraged her nimble harmonization of education and practice to share the discipline of architecture with students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds,” the award citation says. “Through her accessible and purposefully non-monumental pedagogy, Berke advances her deep-rooted belief that architectural education should be available to everyone. Her contributions and inexhaustible spirit have inspired countless students and design professionals.”

In July 2016, Berke became the first woman dean of the School of Architecture at Yale. She was appointed to a second five-year term earlier this year. Before being named dean, Berke had been an adjunct professor of architecture at Yale since 1987. She is the founder of the design firm Deborah Berke Partners in New York. She is the co-editor of The Architecture of the Everyday (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997).

Berke holds two bachelor’s degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master of urban planning degree from the City University of New York.

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