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.

We believe immigration makes America stronger.

Handel Architects is grateful for the contributions that immigrants make in our society. We employ staff from dozens of countries and our firm is stronger because of it.

In 1948, President Truman addressed a nation grappling with its identity, in a Special Message to the Congress on Civil Rights:

"Throughout our history men and women of all colors and creeds, of all races and religions, have come to this country to escape tyranny and discrimination. Millions strong, they have helped build this democratic Nation and have constantly reinforced our devotion to the great ideals of liberty and equality. With those who preceded them, they have helped to fashion and strengthen our American faith."

This is truly our American story. We encourage everyone to explore New York City's Tenement Museum, which tells the story of Immigration in America.

Upcoming Conferences & Events

2019 17 Oct
University of Toronto Scarborough

Passive House on a Large Scale – Applying Lessons Learned

Principal Deborah Moelis will be discussing the many large-scale Passive House projects that the firm is engaged in right now. Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates, will be speaking as well.

2019 24 Oct
Center for Architecture, Philadelphia

Record on the Road

Join Senior Associate Ryan Lobello at this Symposium on Multi-Family Housing. Joining him will be Timothy McDonald of Onion Flats and Brian Phillips of Interface Studio Architects. Joann Gonchar of Architectural Record will be moderating.

2019 21 Nov
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street

Let's Talk Architecture

Join Handel Architects' Partner Glenn Rescalvo on November 21st as he talks design with Partners of other Bay Area firms. The LiA Let’s Talk architecture series brings together successful leaders to share their professional experience in architecture with the audience.

2019 21 Nov
Conrad Downtown Manhattan

Zak World of Façades: Expanding Facade Design Through innovative Approaches & Digital Advancements

Join Principal Deborah Moelis as she discusses the feasibility of New York City's plans to radically reduce energy use in both existing and new building stock.

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

Read about our Fifth Street Farm project

Our Community Partners