Eli Y. Meltzer, AIA, has joined Meltzer/Mandl Architects, P.C., serving beside his architect/developer father, Marvin H. Meltzer, AIA, who founded the firm in 1995 with late partner, David Mandl. The firm has since designed approximately 12,000 units of affordable and market-rate housing in the New York City area.
“Today’s market presents unusual architectural challenges,” noted Eli Meltzer. “Because the market has boomed in the boroughs, construction costs and prices for land have skyrocketed, so it’s difficult to assemble a large plot, or, frankly, any property, large or small. But resolving properties with difficult (and, at times) seemingly impossible problems has always been a keystone of our work. Now my father and I will continue, and build on, what has always been Meltzer/Mandl’s specialty — multi-family housing, both market-rate and affordable.”
Eli Meltzer comes to Meltzer/Mandl after positions at Kohn Pedersen Fox, where he worked on the massive Hudson Yards mega-development, and at Kliment Halsband Architects, where his clients included Mt. Sinai Hospital and several privately funded, state-bonded K-12 facilities in New York and its suburbs.
Recent Meltzer/Mandl projects include the 115-unit Aurum at 2225 Seventh Ave. in Harlem, the 50-unit 27 Albany Ave. in Brooklyn and the 140-unit 655 Morris Ave. in the Bronx. Most recently, the firm was selected for an RFQ to work with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development on a pilot program to modify the building code, to legalize existing basement and cellar apartments in an effort to provide more affordable units for New York City.
“David and I built a very successful architectural practice and designed many wonderful buildings that put us in the forefront of multi-family housing in New York. When he died, I had no idea what was going to happen to the legacy of the firm,” Marvin Meltzer said. “But now, the moment has arrived for Eli to step up and continue that legacy. With him aboard, our firm is in excellent hands. Eli is smart, talented, business savvy and, most importantly, an honest, ethical human being.”