Marvin H. Meltzer, AIA, NCARB
President & Founding Partner
Over the past 35 years, Marvin H. Meltzer has crafted a boutique practice focused on the creation of luxurious and luxuriously affordable housing. This has included special needs housing, commercial-to-residential conversions as well as, community facilities and mixed-use projects. His philosophy stems from a belief in sound communication as a key factor in all successful projects. Marvin’s experience as a successful developer-architect have contributed to a solid track record providing responsive, sensitive and economical design solutions on time and within budget. His design for Melrose Court, a high density, low-rise affordable housing community won an award for the best in the country in 1994. In the years since founding the practice, his award-winning designs have established a new vocabulary for housing and mixed-use in emerging areas of the south Bronx, Brooklyn and the Downtown Manhattan. In 2002, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “an illustrious career that has added to the betterment of Architecture in New York City”. When not on the basketball court for a twice-weekly game, Marvin presides over a unique, boutique practice that prides itself on the creation of no less than 11,000 units of NY metropolitan area housing. Download Full Bio
David Mandl, AIA
We celebrate the life and career of firm co-founder: David Mandl, AIA who, after a near two-year fight with pancreatic cancer, died quietly on the morning of August 4, 2007.
The Pratt Institute graduate was a pioneer in the field of adaptive re-use. Under his guidance, the complex task of transforming an immense assemblage of Chelsea warehouses into artist live-work spaces was realized. He also adapted a vast network of older buildings for New York University so they could meet the evolving needs of today’s technology-driven classrooms. His goal was always to keep projects relevant and vital, maintaining the old while accommodating the new.
Through his hard work, historic and other types of buildings that had been neglected or misused received new life in the fabric of the City. As a member of the NYC Model Building Code Program, David’s knowledge was used to assess the impact of integrating higher standards of safety for residential buildings throughout the City.
Thanks, in part, to David Mandl, the work of Meltzer/Mandl Architects remains focused on this interplay of old and new. His legacy continues to inspire us and his friendship left an indelible mark in our lives.