We look for solutions that can have an impact beyond the project, that can move the needle in some way and contribute to society and culture.

Our design process is open, interactive, and collaborative.

We believe that great design need not be created through arrogance and ego, but in a way that can sustain us all and allow each of us to grow and learn. 

Great ideas can come from anyone on the team, and design inspiration from a range of sources, including art, science, history or philosophy.

We are committed partners. 

Handel Architects embraces a responsibility to make our projects a success. This has resulted in an exceptionally high rate of repeat clients, as well as lifelong relationships that we value highly. 

Our work for the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California, spanned 19 years; our work for The Boston Conservatory in Boston included an institutional master plan and two performance buildings. 

We believe deeply in the importance of designing sustainably.

Sustainable design is at the core of our practice. Handel Architects has brought sustainability standards to new markets around the world, including groundbreaking Passive House buildings in the U.S., the first LEED Gold office building in Chile, and the first LEED Gold condominium building in New York City. 

Conferences & Events

2018 28 Apr
"Facing Memory: The Past, the Present, and the Public" Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina at College of Charleston

Partner Michael Arad discusses his work on the National September 11 Memorial and the ongoing work for the Emanuel AME Church Memorial.

2018 22 May
"MIT World Real Estate Forum" MIT Media Lab

Partner Blake Middleton discusses his work in this forum on socially responsible real estate.

2018 6 Jun
"San Francisco SoMa, Dog Patch & Mission Bay"

Partner Glenn Rescalvo talks about upcoming developments in these highly desired neighborhoods.

2018 21 Jun
"The New World Trade Center" 9/11 Memorial Museum

Partner Michael Arad examines the evolution and revitalization of the World Trade Center site since the 9/11 attacks.

2018 22 Jun
"Realizing Large Scale Passive House for Market and Affordable Housing" AIA Conference on Architecture, New York City

Partner Blake Middleton and Principal Deborah Moelis speak with Lois Arena from Steven Winter Associates about the implications of Passive House design on large-scale housing.

We are invested in our communities and the partnerships we've created.

Read about our Fifth Street Farm project

Our Community Partners