Handel Architects, New York
Blake Middleton is a Founding Partner at New York-based Handel Architects LLP, recognized leaders in high-rise mixed use urban design. Recent notable projects designed by Mr. Middleton include Millennium Place in downtown Boston, a 2.4 million s.f., four building complex that has dramatically re-vitalized the Theater District; the Hemenway Building for The Boston Conservatory, and the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Natatorium in New York City. Mr. Middleton is the designer of the new Millennium Tower at Downtown Crossing in Boston, a 1.4 million s.f. mixed-use project that includes the renovation of the historic Filene’s Building. Other current projects include a new rehearsal facility for The Boston Conservatory in the Fenway, renovation of the historic Santa Barbara Bowl Amphitheater, and the Idlewild Park Nature Center in New York City.
Handel Architects has, since 1994, centered its work on the complex issues of urban development and appropriate architectural solutions in dense urban fabric. The firm is known for its deep knowledge and skill in negotiating and harnessing the economic and political forces that influence large scale urban design. Handel Architects has multiple projects completed in major cities across the US and in Asia and the Middle East, with120 architects and staff in offices in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and New York.
Mr. Middleton has taught and lectured at numerous universities including Harvard, Yale, Syracuse, Cornell, and the University of Virginia. His design work has won distinction from the Boston Society of Architects / AIA New York Chapter, Society of American Registered Architects New York Council, AIA New York State Chapter, AIA New York City Chapter, AIA Santa Barbara Chapter, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism. His design work has been published widely and has been exhibited nationally. He is a Visiting Professor for the Spring 2013 Semester Graduate High Rise Studio at Northeastern.
Mr. Middleton received his B. Arch. from Cornell University in 1978. In 1981he received his Masters in Architecture in the Cornell Urban Design Studio of renowned theorist Colin Rowe. In 1982 he was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Prior to joining Handel Architects, he worked with James Stewart Polshek for thirteen years. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the U.S. Institute of Theater Technology, the Van Alen Institute, The Institute for Urban Design, the Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome, and the Architectural League of New York. He is also a Board Member of the Riverside Park Conservancy. Mr. Middleton is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered architect in New York, California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mr. Middleton lives with his wife Dr. Martha Eddy and their teenage daughter in Manhattan.