2023 Gala Honoree

Gary Handel


Gary Handel FAIA

President, Handel Architects and Tenement Museum Trustee

Gary Handel FAIA is the founder and Managing Partner of Handel Architects. Since starting the practice in 1994, Mr. Handel has overseen its growth to a firm of over 200 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, and the Chicago Athenaeum, among others.

Mr. Handel leads the firm’s direction by placing an emphasis on enriching the urban environment and improving the lives of people through positive urban design. His work has benefited cities throughout the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a leader in sustainable building strategies, and recent work includes some of the largest and tallest Passive House buildings in the world.

Mr. Handel makes significant pro bono contributions to local urbanism, including supporting non-profits and community-serving organizations in the cities in which he works. He serves as a Founding Board Member of Friends of the High Line in New York City, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which tells the story of immigration in America.

Mr. Handel’s work has appeared in numerous publications nationally and internationally, and he has lectured extensively on how architecture can work to create positive urban and social change.

Rebuilding Our Foundations

Annual Gala | May 2, 2023

With two ways to join — virtually or in-person — be a part of this year’s gala! Broadcast live from City Winery, hear from co-founder Anita Jacobson and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Lonnie G. Bunch III, during this special celebration marking our 35th anniversary and the re-opening of 97 Orchard Street.

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