jacob t. middleton / cow.


  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
  11. topdog/underdog
  12. drowning
  13. the tempest


  1. cow. represents a catalogue of work, a collection of whimsies, and the chronicles out west conceptualized by jacob t. middleton.
  2. the studio is interested in creating work at a variety of scales that investigates performance, explores bad taste, embraces low culture, and questions existing typologies.
  3. jacob t. middleton is a Texas native currently 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 Department of Design for Stage & Film. his work has been featured by Texas Architect Magazine, ISSUE by UTSOA, and Archisource. professionally, jacob is an architectural and broadcast set designer at Clickspring Design. previously he has collaborated with dots, Overlay Office, Magic Architecture, and Hannah Levy, among others.


  1. email: jmiddleton(at)utexas.edu
  2. instagram
  3. linkedin
  4. academic portfolio


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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