Barry Middleman, a native San Antonian, graduated from Jefferson High School and The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he took a position with the architectural firm of Welton Becket & Associates in Houston. He was intrigued at the prospect of the 1968 World's Fair coming to San Antonio, and returned to work for a firm planning the 1968 World's Fair. Barry was offered a position with Roberts Allen, & Helmke Architects, and had a hand in the design of several trade and national pavilions, including the U.S. Pavilion.
Barry later worked for Roy L. Martin & Associates until March of 1973 when he founded Barry P. Middleman & Associates. Since then, Barry has specialized in retail development encompassing everything from store planning to specialty centers, neighborhood community centers, power centers, and mall design on a national level.