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We design architecture and urban places

Machado Silvetti is an architecture, urban design and master planning firm, known for distinctive spaces and unique works of architecture in the United States and abroad. We provide traditional and emerging professional services including programming, design, documentation, administration and evaluation. In everything we believe that design should exceed the merely functional or inevitable, and that architecture can meaningfully advance society and culture.

 

Our portfolio reflects the breadth of the firm's experience, displaying special expertise in Art and Teaching Museums, Education and Institutional environments and facilities, Conservation, Cultural Heritage, Re-Use, Urban Design and Planning. We work across scales and project types, utilizing our expertise in finding formal, spatial and material solutions for unique architectural and urban conditions.

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We advance ideas

Design does not emerge from thin air and we look for ideas in everything we do. Ideas are personal, the result of unique interests and exposure. But ideas are also universal, implicit in the histories and future of our shared experience. We think that innovative and inspired designs are achieved through the integration of the client's aspirations, the project's programmatic requirements and the culture and character of the project's location.

 

Our projects are meant to be timeless—profoundly responsive to present conditions while firmly related to the history of architecture and urban design. And through an inseparable commitment to architectural invention and innovative technique, we work to ensure that clarity resonates throughout a design from concept to construction.

See Perspectives for the research, experiences, interests, and ideas that inform our work and motivate our actions.

We are people who love architecture

The firm founders, Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, are internationally recognized and honored for their contributions to the theory and practice of Architecture and Urban Design. Mr. Machado and Mr. Silvetti, and their Partners, Jeffry Burchard, Edwin Goodell and Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer, provide principal leadership throughout all areas of the practice with focused dedication to distinctive design and unparalleled service.

 

A group of Associates assists the Principals in the management of projects and in-house teams, ensuring that great work is done well and on time. The collective knowledge and experience of the entire office team is the strength of Machado Silvetti, enabling us to respond to the unique needs and desires of new clients and varied projects.

View our Office Overview to learn more about our people, awards and publications.

We work globally and locally

Working from our main office in Boston, Massachusetts, Machado Silvetti is globally renowned for being uniquely responsive to the specific qualities of local contexts. Wherever the project, we expect to learn about the culture and character of a place, the environmental conditions and construction techniques that affect design choices. This knowledge is employed to imagine and implement projects that are of their place but that also participate in a global ideal.

 

We have worked in countries such as Argentina, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt, Honduras, Lebanon, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. We also love to work in Boston, New England and throughout the United States where we regularly do projects for institutions, museums, schools, local governments, developers and other private clients.

We lead and collaborate

At Machado Silvetti we believe that leading and collaborating are required of architects and that the best projects emerge from the best teams. We have found that the most successful projects are the result of working with a client who is sincerely invested in the importance of design and understands the roles of all the stakeholders. Our client list includes the Getty Trust, David Rockefeller, Sr., New York University, the University of Wisconsin, the Druker Partnership, The Vatican, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, Princeton University, the Vietnamese Ministry of Education, SODIC, the American University in Beirut and the City of Boston.

 

We are also fortunate to work with the best consultant teams throughout the United States and the World. We see our relationship with these professionals as mutually enriching and necessary for the realization of good design. Recently we have teamed with Arup, Buro Happold, Atelier 10, Silman, the Olin Partnership, Michael van Vaulkenberg, Grant Associates and Reed Hilderbrand. We also have a history of forming partnerships with local architects of record, recently working with Continuum, Cosentini, Gensler L.A., Sweet Sparkman Architects and Hoang Giang Construction Co.

Contact Us

Whether you are ready to release an RFQ or launch a competition, need to generate concept design imagery for fundraising or are just beginning to consider the possibility of a new project, we encourage you to contact our office. We would enjoy meeting you, discussing your goals and being of service.

 

For 30+ years we have been developing the expertise and infrastructure to provide our clients with exceptional service and original design. Should you select Machado Silvetti for your architecture, urban design or master-planning project we will dedicate our attention and resources to your unique challenges and ambitions.

Please contact us to get the conversation started.

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