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The architect Deborah Berke will deliver the fortieth annual Clara M. Southworth Lecture in Environmental Design at Colby College on Tuesday 9 November 2010 at 7:30 pm in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Building. Ms. Berke's lecture is entitled "Here and Now." Ms. Berke holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning and Design from City University of New York and undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where, in 2005, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. She is currently Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, where she has taught for the past twenty-three years. Her firm, Deborah Berke & Partners, is responsible for buildings and interiors that have received recognition both for the quality of their design and for the firm's sensible approach to problems of contemporary architecture,an approach that has resulted in works that are at once functional, visually compelling, and life affirming, that is, they both humanistic and crystalline.

Among many design awards that Ms. Berke has received for both institutional and residential projects are three American Institute of Architects New York Chapter awards, the Best of Year Design Award from Interior Design Magazine, an Architectural Record Award for Planning and Design, and the Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award. she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Building Museum  and is a Founding Trustee of Design for Public Space. In addition, she is a Senior Fellow of the National Institute for Architectural Education and a Fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Among the books she has authored or co-authored are Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press,and Sports and the City: Design Study for Randall's and Ward's Islands, published by the Center for Public Architecture. She is cited in numerous publications on modern architecture and has been the sugject of a monograph, Deborah Berke, written by Tracy Myers and published by Yale University Press in 2008. 

Ms. Berke's lecture is open to the public without charge.

40th annual Clara M. Southworth Lecture
Architect Deborah Berke
November 9, 7:30 p.m.