jacob t. middleton, aia


    10. breaking character
    09. cruising rhyolite
    08. performitory
    07. purple plushy catwalk
    06. holly haus
    05. chronicles out west
    04. at journey’s end
    03. made in asherton
    02. intakes/outtakes
    01. a sanctuary
    05. sashayed away
    04. the vanya project
    03. topdog/underdog
    02. drowning
    01. the tempest


  1. jacob t. middleton 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 an architect 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 Suzan Lori Parks

Topdog/Underdog is “a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity [and] is Suzan-Lori Parks’ riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future” -- Ben Brantley

The design of this production reimagines the play being set in a South Los Angeles motel room. Symbolic of the brothers’ inescapable realities, the motel room serves as a physical manifestation of generational trauma: poverty, abandonment, addiciton, and houselessness.

project information
location: lct 3, claire tow theater; new york, new york
date: 2021
type: scenic design, unproduced

project team: jacob t. middleton

1/2” scale model

environmental research; the scenic design draws inspiration from south los angeles motel rooms, specifically in the vermont square neighborhood and along s figueroa street

ground plan

front elevation

scenic details

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