Martin Bloom (1927-2017), architect and urban designer, maintained an independent practice in New York City specializing in cultural projects – with emphasis on facilities for the performing arts. Among other projects, he designed the Theater in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, the Midtown Theater Museum for the Museum of the City of New York, the Penguin Repertory Theatre in Stony Point, NY and other spaces for performance. His highly-acclaimed book, ACCOMMODATING THE LIVELY ARTS, dedicated to analyzing and creating spaces for the performing arts, has been praised for its unusual insight into the challenges of theatrical presentation. His essays and articles have been published in The Journal of the American Institute of Architects and its successor, Architect.
Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Bloom graduated from Tufts University and received a Master in Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. After attending the École des Beaux Arts at Fontainebleau (where he later taught), he worked in Paris, Boston and Cambridge before moving to New York. He was married to Ruth Wolff, playwright and screenwriter. Their son, Evan T. Bloom, is Director of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the United States State Department.