Gary E. Handel AIA

Gary Handel is the Founding Partner and Managing Principal of Handel Architects. Since starting the practice in 1994, Mr. Handel has overseen its growth to a firm of over 150 architects, designers, and planners around the world. His designs have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the Society of American Registered Architects, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the National Commercial Builders Council.

Mr. Handel leads the firm’s direction by placing an emphasis on enriching the urban environment. He has been Partner-in-Charge for numerous projects throughout North America, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. He is a leader in the field of sustainable design, and continues to emphasize sustainability in all new work. He is a founding board member of the Friends of the High Line, where for the last decade he has worked to save and transform this industrial artifact into New York’s most innovative new public open space. He is also a Board Member of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and is active in their planning and fundraising initiatives, and now chairs their Building Committee. In 2009 the Museum honored him for his contributions to New York’s built environment.

Mr. Handel’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Urban Land, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Grid Magazine. Recent projects have been included in Icons of Architecture: The 20th Century; Hotel Design; Urban Spaces No. 3; and Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1800-2000.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell University and has lectured at numerous universities. In 2000, Mr. Handel was a Gensler Family Visiting Professor at Cornell University.