Machado and Silvetti Associates is an architecture and urban design firm known for distinctive spaces and unique works of architecture in the United States and abroad. Their designs are the result of careful integration of the client´s aspirations, the project's programmatic requirements, and the nature and character of the place for which a proposal is designed. The work does not espouse any signature style, but strives to find that which is unique and important within a given project, and to express that urbanistically and architecturally. The projects are distinctive for their conceptual clarity and visual intensity.
Machado and Silvetti Associates became incorporated in 1985, although principals Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti have been in association since 1974. The firm's projects have been of diverse size and nature, having developed special expertise in Art Museums, educational institutions, and urban design and planning worldwide for Berlin, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Sicily, Frankfurt, San Juan, Pamplona, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Tenerife, Venice, Vienna, and in the United States for major cities throughout New England, in New York, Texas, California, Utah, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Arkansas among others.
In 1991, the firm was given the first ever Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for twenty years of "boldly conceived and brilliantly executed urban projects" and the designs were commended for being "uncompromisingly dedicated to envisioning a meaningful architecture of the public realm." Since that time, the office has received three National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects as well as the AIA Brick in Architecture Award, ten Progressive Architecture awards and citations, thirteen design awards from the New England AIA chapter, seventeen Boston Society of Architects awards, including the 2003 Harleston Parker Medal, and the prestigious International Award for Architecture in Stone.
The firm's designs have been extensively published in professional magazines and displayed in numerous exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Biennale di Venezia, at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the 1984 I.B.A. Exhibition in Berlin, and at the XVII Triennale di Milano. Three monographs have been produced on the office, Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti: Buildings for Cities (1990), Casas 40: Rodolfo Machado & Jorge Silvetti (1995), and Unprecedented Realism: The Architecture of Machado and Silvetti (1995).
Jorge Silvetti to lecture at RPI
April 2, 2013
Jorge Silvetti will present the office’s recent work at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute on Monday, April 15th at 6:00pm. For information on RPI’s lecture series, see the following link:
The Mint Museum receives an AIA Charlotte Honor Award
March 30, 2013
The Mint Museum is the recipient of an Honor Award from AIA Charlotte. This project combines the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design on a prominent site in downtown Charlotte, NC. For more information on this AIA Award, see the following link:
Rodolfo Machado Lectures in Puerto Rico
February 13, 2013
Rodolfo Machado gave a lecture last Saturday at the University of Puerto Rico, Escuela de Arquitectura. The lecture, titled 5 New Buildings, 5 Different Architectures, covered the recent work of Machado and Silvetti Associates.
Jorge Silvetti Writes Essay on Urban Interventions in Buenos Aires
February 12, 2013
Jorge Silvetti’s essay, “Buenos Aires: A Tale of Two Cities?” appears in the new book, In the Life of Cities. The book, published by Lars Muller Publishers, is the culmination of a colloquium held at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. For more information on the book, as well as purchasing, see the following link:
The Chazen Museum of Art Receives a 2012 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence
February 12, 2013
The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin is the recipient of an Honor Award in Design Excellence from the
Boston Society of Architects. This project is the embodiment of a strong physical connection