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Architect for Richardson Complex project to give Bethune Lecture

The New York City-based design architect heading the transformation of the Richardson Olmsted Complex will give the Bethune Lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, 301 Crosby Hall on the South Campus.

Deborah Berke, founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, has worked on master plans for universities and private houses, as well as the Hotel Henry resort and conference center and the Buffalo Architecture Center planned to open in April 2017 in the Richardson Olmsted Complex.

The annual lecture is named for Louise Bethune, the nation’s first woman architect, whose projects included the Hotel @ the Lafayette. Past speakers include Sheila Kennedy, Maryann Thompson and Louisa Hutton.

“Louise Bethune was obviously important, and it’s nice to join the company of colleagues and women I admire in the Bethune Lecture series,” said Berke, who will become dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture in July.

Berke was awarded the Berkeley-Rupp Award in 2013 by the University of California at Berkeley for making “a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture.”