Deborah Berke Partners to design residential project at Princeton

12 February 2018 (Last Updated February 12th, 2018 14:19)

US-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners has secured a contract to design new residential college buildings at Princeton University.

Deborah Berke Partners to design residential project at Princeton
Princeton campus plan demonstrating site capacity. Credit: Graphic by Urban Strategies Inc, for Princeton University.

US-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners has secured a contract to design new residential college buildings at Princeton University.

The project will be led by firm partners Deborah Berke and Maitland Jones. It has been proposed as part of a campus expansion to accommodate increased undergraduate students.

Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber said: “Expanding our undergraduate student body is an essential feature of our commitment to extend access to a transformative Princeton education, and this project represents a significant step toward that vital goal.

“Deborah Berke Partners is an outstanding and inspired choice to design Princeton’s next residential colleges.”

The project proposes to build one residential college to accommodate an additional 125 students per class.

“Our goal here is to design residential colleges that the students can occupy and make their own.”

To enable renovation of the University’s existing housing stock and support for future student expansion, the project has identified a site for a second college used as a swing space.

Deborah Berke Partners will work on the designs for the two residential colleges. The first college will feature 500 beds, social spaces, a dining hall, and a kitchen, which can support the second college.

Deborah Berke Partners’ Maitland Jones said: “Our goal here is to design residential colleges that the students can occupy and make their own.

“This requires a balance of spaces that are specific and have a distinctive character with those that are flexible and adaptable. We want to create spaces and experiences at the colleges that bring something new to the larger campus.”

Deborah Berke Partners’ Deborah Berke said: “Princeton wants to support a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the design of the new residential colleges will embody those values and provide a welcoming environment where students will thrive.”

Jones and Berke will work with Princeton principals Arthi Krishnamoorthy and Noah Biklen during the project.