Building design is not always required to be flashy and generate a lot of attention, says Deborah Berke, who believes "modest" architecture can be interesting in a different way. For instance, her work on the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City used concrete block for a minimalist design. Berke is also the first recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize, a recognition of her efforts in "promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture."

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