Frederick A. Bland

FAIA, AICP
Managing Partner
Credit: Mike Falco

“Architecture and planning are subsets of our larger goal: engaged urbanism. Whether working on a cultural landmark in need of conservation, a new building, a downtown, or a campus plan, we consider it our highest responsibility to serve the larger community, in both physical and social form.”

For more than 40 years, Fred Bland has provided design leadership on a wide range of projects both in the United States and abroad. Fred joined Beyer Blinder Belle in 1972, and in 1978, became the first partner to join the founders. Over the course of his career with the firm, and as Managing Partner, he has fostered a culture of respect, collegiality and enthusiasm, equally nurturing of individual creativity and collaboration.

Fred’s interest in how the built environment shapes society has guided his focus on civic and cultural commissions that capture the spirit of the city and who we are as people. While demonstrating an innate respect for a project’s context and significance, his designs are notably contemporary. Whether working on a downtown redevelopment plan or a new home for a cultural institution, he is conscientiously designing for the long-term growth and evolution of the city. As a Commissioner on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, he plays an active role in shaping the future of America’s largest metropolis.

Fred has directed the design of hundreds of cultural and educational projects, including the General Theological Seminary and Mark Morris Dance Center in New York, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota’s St. Paul Union Depot and the Shanghai Cultural Center in China.

Fred is an adjunct professor in the Art History Department at New York University, where he has taught a course on urbanism since 1991. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at Columbia University, Yale University, and Pratt Institute. He is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church in Manhattan and Chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. In the spring of 2015, Fred was appointed to The Gracie Mansion Conservancy Advisory Committee by the Office of the Mayor. In the past, he served as a board member of the Brooklyn Historical Society and as president of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

Fred earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in architecture at Yale University.