Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP


Blake Middleton FAIA LEED AP is a Partner at Handel Architects LLP. His work includes a variety of large-scale projects that have broken new ground in approaches to sustainable design and urban living. Recent examples include The House at the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which was the world’s largest and tallest certified Passive House project when it completed, and Millennium Tower Boston, a 1.4 million SF mixed-use tower including the renovation of Daniel Burnham’s landmark Filene’s Building.

Expanding on the firm's experience at Cornell Tech, Blake is overseeing the design of two other precedent-setting Passive House projects: Winthrop Center, a mixed-use building featuring over 700,000 SF of high-performance commercial space in Boston's Financial District; and in East Harlem, Sendero Verde, a 750,000 SF mixed-use complex including a school, community services partners, and 709 100% affordable apartments.

The diversity of Blake’s previous work includes a 2.4 million SF, four building complex that dramatically revitalized Boston’s Theater District; academic and performance buildings for The Boston Conservatory; the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Natatorium and Ice Rink in New York; and the renovation of the historic Santa Barbara Bowl Amphitheater in Santa Barbara, California.

Blake has taught and lectured widely, and his work has won distinction from the AIA, SARA, Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism. His designs have been published widely and exhibited nationally. Blake received his B. Arch. and M. Arch. in Urban Design from Cornell University, and is a recipient of the Rome Prize and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Blake lives with his wife and daughter in Morningside Heights in New York City and is a Board Member of the Riverside Park Conservancy.

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