jacob t. middleton, aia


  1. breaking character
  2. cruising rhyolite
  3. performitory
  4. purple plushy catwalk
  5. holly haus
  6. chronicles out west
  7. at journey’s end
  8. made in asherton
  9. intakes/outtakes
  10. a sanctuary
  1. the vanya project
  2. topdog/underdog
  3. drowning
  4. the tempest


  1. jacob t. middleton, aia is a Texas native based in New York City. he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and has studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Department of Design for Stage & Film. his work has been featured by Columbia University School of the Arts, Spectacular+Texas Architect Magazine, ISSUE by UTSOA, and Archisource.
  2. jacob is a registered architect and designer at Dattner Architects. previously he has collaborated with Bates Masi ArchitectsClickspring Designdots, Overlay Office, and Magic Architecture, among others.
  3. he is interested in creating work at a variety of scales that investigates performance, explores bad taste, embraces low culture, and questions existing typologies.


  1. jtmidd2021(at)gmail (dot) com
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a play by María Irene Fornés

“Drowning, tells its story swiftly, in a handful of pages, sketching a love affair from the first moment of desire to the bitter end. All the characters, including [Pea,] the jilted lover, are described in the script as potato-heads with bodies “like seals or sea lions” and shiny, oily flesh covered in warts. Their revolting exterior brands them as unlovable and oddly makes the story feel more universal: their repulsiveness makes them vulnerable and draws empathy.” -- Paul David Young

Drowning’s scenery seeks to understand the psyche of the play’s characters and reflect that into the architecture of their world. Intentionally disregarding  María Irene Fornés’ note on the physicality of her characters, this production renders a space where outcasts deliberately choosing to live in exile might find themselves. The production calls into question what might happen if/when one chooses to leave their own purgatory.

project information
location: New York University, Shubert Theatre; New York, New York
date: 2021
type: scenic design, unproduced

project team: jacob t. middleton

conceptual collage; preliminary ideas exploring character, mood, and architecture

1/2” scale model; scene one

1/2” scale model; scene two

1/2” scale model; scene three

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