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

2020 29 Jan
UC Berkeley

Memory in the Public Realm; Designing the 9/11 and Emanuel Nine Memorials

Join Handel Architects' Partner Michael Arad as he speaks about the design process for two major memorial projects: the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and the Emanuel Nine Memorial in Charleston, South Carolina.

2020 31 Jan
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, San Francisco

Facades+ San Francisco

Join Associate Principal George Tolosa as he discusses the facade approach at Serif and The Line Hotel at 950 Market Street.

2020 12 Feb
Building Energy Exchange

Buildings of Excellence: Large-Scale Passive House

Join NYSERDA and BE-Ex for our third NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Gallery Talk, featuring Sendero Verde and Cornell Tech, two transformative Passive House buildings and Buildings of Excellence award recipients.

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

Read about our Fifth Street Farm project

Our Community Partners