Fall 2023 Message from Dean Berke
There are over 3,800 alumni of the Yale School of Architecture around the world today, and one month ago, I welcomed the newest members of this community. Eighty-one aspiring architects and scholars, representing sixty-nine different undergraduate institutions and twenty-six countries, joined our ranks. They are yet another cohort who will spend many hours bonding in the studio, creating lifelong friendships and professional networks that will reach far beyond New Haven.
The pandemic had a significant impact on enrollment and attendance during 2020-2023, so in May, we graduated our largest class ever, sending 100 new YSoA alumni out into the world. Our goal is to return to a comfortable size of 225 students in Rudolph Hall, and with the growing popularity of Yale Architecture, this was the most difficult year yet to be admitted. Every year since my arrival we have been able to increase financial aid for students with need, this year 90% of our students received some support and 17% of incoming students are given full support for tuition. I established the Dean’s Endowed Scholarship Fund to one day meet full tuition needs for our students, and I’m grateful to everyone who contributes towards this goal.
In addition to the new students that we welcomed, we have an impressive roster of new and visiting faculty members. Leading YSoA Advanced Design Studios for the first time are Kim Holden, Marina Tabassum, Alberto Kalach, Carlos Zedillo, and Chat Travieso. We also support emerging voices in the field—I’m pleased to have Ife Vanable and David Sadighian as a new Assistant Professors and Jordan H. Carver as our KPF Visiting Scholar. I give my thanks to all the alumni and friends who continue to donate toward named positions and faculty research funds.
I am proud to count you all among our alumni and friends and thank you for continued engagement and support.
Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP
Dean and J.M. Hoppin Professor, Yale School of Architecture