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Downtown Cary Park Construction, Spring Update

March 20, 2023

Construction continues on Downtown Cary Park, as new pavilions take shape

Project Stories: Horace Mann School

The design process behind the renovation to create a temporary new home for Boston Public Schools' Horace Mann School, the oldest public day school for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the United States

DAM Sweeps the Awards

January 19, 2023

Over the past few months the Denver Art Museum, Martin Building Expansion and Revitalization project has been recognized by a number of local and national awards for design, engagement, historic buildings, interiors, public projects and sustainability.

Unprecedented Realism: Selections from the Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti Collection

October, 2022

Exhibition on the evolution of the Machado Silvetti architectural practice over the last five decades at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Downtown Cary Park Construction, Summer Update

August 23, 2022

Construction continues on Downtown Cary Park, as signifiacnt progress is made on the pavilions

Associate Austin Ward Interviewed

August 12, 2022

Austin Ward, Associate, was interviewed by the Boston Society for Architecture for their ongoing profile series

BSA Summer Sessions: Professional Practice

June 13, 2022

Jeffry to Host BSA Panel Discussion on the Future of Professional Practice and How It is Taught to Architecture Students

We're Hiring

June 2022

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

Jorge Silvetti to Lecture at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

April 13, 2022

On April 21st Jorge will lecture at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires as part of a series organized by the Centro de Estudios de Arquitectura Contemporánea

Poetic Invocation for the Denver Art Museum Reopening

April 12, 2022

Watch Adrian Molina’s performance of his incredible poetic invocation written on behalf of the opening of the reimagined Martin Building and new Sie Welcome Center

New Project: New Bedford Whaling Museum

March 9, 2022

Machado Silvetti has been selected to lead master planning efforts for the NBWM

Rodolfo and Jorge, 2021 BSA Award of Honor Recipients

January 12, 2022

Rodolfo and Jorge were recognized as this year’s 2021 Boston Society for Architecture Award of Honor

We're Hiring

January 2022

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

Downtown Cary Park Construction Update

January 11, 2022

Construction continues on Downtown Cary Park, as new pavilions take shape

Two Projects Featured in WSJ Best Architecture of 2021

December 20, 2021

Benton Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum are featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Best Architecture of 2021

UNT CVAD Art Studio Facility Update

November 16, 2021

Construction Continues on a new Art Studio Facility for the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design

Benton Museum of Art Public Opening

November 11, 2021

Pomona College’s new Benton Museum of Art publicly celebrated its opening with its Community Welcome on November 13th.

Open Positions

November 2021

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

Denver Art Museum Reopened

October 22, 2021

The Denver Art Museum has reopened its expanded and reimagined campus, unveiling the restored and renovated Martin Building and the new Sie Welcome Center.

Jeffry on Inside the Benton Podcast

October 5, 2021

Jeffry talks about the design of the new Benton Museum of Art on the student-produced Inside the Benton podcast

Denver Art Museum Featured in ARCHITECT

August 23, 2021

Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects’ Renovation and Expansion of Gio Ponti’s Denver Art Museum Martin Building Featured in an In-depth Article on the Project and Ponti

Downtown Cary Park Construction Underway

August 17, 2021

Construction is underway on the Town of Cary’s new 7-acre municipal park

The Shape of Our Existing Buildings

August 4, 2021

Machado Silvetti Principal, Jeffry Burchard writes about the critical practice of evaluating and extending the use of existing buildings.

The Benton in Architect’s Newspaper

July 22, 2021

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College was featured in the Architect’s Newspaper.

Stephanie Presents Denver Art Museum at BSA REOPENINGS

July 9, 2021

Stephanie Randazzo-Dwyer presented Machado Silvetti’s renovation and expansion of the Denver Art Museum in the Summer 2021 BSA Online Streaming Series, REOPENINGS.

Jorge as Panelist in Upcoming Historic Preservation Webinar

May 03, 2021

Jorge joined Menokin Foundation Executive Director, Sam McKelvey, in a webinar event titled, “Through the Looking Glass: Historic Preservation at Menokin” organized by The Branch Museum of Architecture & Design.

Denver Art Museum Reopening Announced

April 22, 2021

The Denver Art Museum will reopen its expanded and reimagined campus at the end of October, unveiling the restored and renovated Martin Building and the new Sie Welcome Center.

Downtown Cary Park Awarded in 2020 Architect's Newspaper Best of Design

February 03, 2021

Downtown Cary Park kicks off the new year with a completed set of construction documents, an Honorable Mention in the Unbuilt Landscape category of Architect’s Newspaper awards, and an exciting rendering update.

Menokin Glass House Project in the Wall Street Journal

November 03, 2020

“[The Menokin Glass House Project] is the most fiercely ambitious historic restoration project in America today.” - Michael J. Lewis, Wall Street Journal

Stephanie on DESIGN:ED Podcast

October 1, 2020

Principal, Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer interviewed on Architectural Record’s DESIGN:ED Podcast


June 16, 2020

Principal Jeffry Burchard Presented the New Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College as a Part of a New Online BSA Lecture Series

Revitalize, Replace, Reimagine - Terrazzo and Tile at the Denver Art Museum

February 27, 2020

Stephanie spoke on Machado Silvetti’s approach to Terrazzo and Tile for the Denver Art Museum project

New Associate, S. Austin Ward

February 27, 2020

Machado Silvetti is pleased to announce that Austin Ward has been promoted to the position of Associate

Jeffry Honored with AIA Young Architects Award

February 14, 2020

Principal, Jeffry Burchard has been honored by the AIA with a 2020 Young Architects Award

The Benton Receives ACI Award

December 05, 2019

The Benton Museum of Art was the ACISCC 2019 recipient of the Innovative Uses of Concrete in Construction Award

Building Z - CTBUH Award of Excellence

December 04, 2019

Building Z, of the Polo Dot Office Park, recognized with the CTBUH Award of Excellence: Renovation Award

UNT CVAD Opening Celebrated

October 18, 2019

UNT College of Visual Arts and Design Celebrated the Opening of Their New Building

Druker Lecture Series: Rodolfo and Jorge

October 11, 2019

On November 9th, Rodolfo and Jorge were the honorary Druker Lecture series speakers and recipients of the Griffin Award at the Boston Public Library's Central Library

DAM Welcome Center Wins Award

October 11, 2019

Denver Art Museum Welcome Center Awarded Best Jumbo Glass Project in Glass Magazine’s 2019 Awards Program

Stephanie at Facades+ Denver

September 5, 2019

Stephanie spoke at Facades+ Denver on the ongoing Denver Art Museum project

Cary Downtown Park – Project Update

June 28, 2019

Machado Silvetti is excited to be a part of the team designing a new downtown park for the Town of Cary.

New Project | Alamo Museum and Visitor Center

June 10, 2019

Machado Silvetti is proud to announce our selection as Design Architect for the new Alamo Museum and Visitor Center

Open Positions

March 12, 2019

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

Manufacturing Architecture

January 2, 2019

Asian Art Study Center featured in recently published reference guide, Manufacturing Architecture

Denver Art Museum North Building Project Tops Out

December 7, 2018

The final beam of the new Welcome Center was placed in a topping-out ceremony

Polo Dot – Construction Update

December 6, 2018

Construction nears completion on Phase One of the Polo Dot Office Park

Jorge in Spain

November 14, 2018

Jorge to chair the panel of judges for the 17th Edition of the Tile of Spain Awards and present two lectures while in Spain this coming week

The Work of Machado & Silvetti

November 14, 2018

The comprehensive monograph of Rodolfo and Jorge’s work, spanning the entire history of the office, has been published

Now Practice Now Summit

October 18, 2018

The Now Practice Now BSA Series to culminate in a summit involving a cross-section of Boston’s architectural community who will discuss how core aspects of practice interact with issues that are uniquely encountered today.

Open Positions

October 1, 2018

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

Jorge Silvetti Featured in Architect Magazine

June 21, 2018

Founding Principal Jorge Silvetti is featured by Architect Magazine as the 2018 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education individual recipient.

Pomona College Museum of Art – Concrete Mock-UP

April 11, 2018

Construction is underway on the new Pomona College Museum of Art.

Machado Silvetti Designed Forty West Wins Cityscape Award

March 20, 2017

Developer, SODIC received the 2018 Cityscape Award in the Best Low to Medium Rise Built Residential Project Category for their project, Forty West, a multi-block mixed-use development designed by Machado Silvetti

Jorge Silvetti Honored with 2018 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

December 06, 2017

Founding Principal Jorge Silvetti is the 2018 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education recipient. The Topaz Medallion, “recognizes outstanding individual contributions in architectural education.”

POLO DOT Office Park Construction Continues

November 28, 2017

Phase One construction continues to progress on a new high-rise office park in Buenos Aires being developed by IRSA

UNT CVAD Construction WebCam

November 07, 2017

Construction is underway on the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. Upon completion, the building will accommodate over two thousand students in a 220,000 square-foot facility.

AIA New England Honor Award

October 20, 2017

AIA New England presents Machado Silvetti with an Honor Award for the Asian Art Study Center at the Ringling Museum of Art

Rodolfo and Jorge Honored

October 07, 2017

Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti honored at the 12th Annual Provincetown Art Association and Museum Benefit Gala

New Associates

September 05, 2017

Machado Silvetti is pleased to announce that Seiee Kim and Sophia Zelov have been promoted to the position of Associate

TRX Takes Shape

September 05, 2017

Major construction projects underway at Tun Razak Exchange, the 70-acre Financial District planned by Machado Silvetti

POLO DOT Office Park Under Construction

September 05, 2017

Phase One construction is underway on a new high-rise office park in Buenos Aires being developed by IRSA.

VGU Construction Progress, July 2017

July 20, 2017

Sophia Zelov, Seiee Kim and Jeffry Burchard visited the site of the new Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong Province

TRX Talk

July 06, 2017

Jeffry Burchard will speak on his experience developing the master plan for Kuala Lumpur’s new financial district, Tun Razak Exchange, at 4:00pm MYT Monday, July 10.

Aeon Residential Development

June 06, 2017

New residential development in West Cairo is being developed by MARAKEZ.

Pomona College Museum Groundbreaking

June 06, 2017

Pomona College Museum of Art breaks ground.

Panel Discussion

June 05, 2017

Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer to speak at the Boston Facades+ Conference on “Making Space for Bostonians,” at 11:00am Tuesday, June 6.

New Publication

June 05, 2017

Jorge Silvetti’s recently published Studio Report, Paths, Sounds, Ruins: Imagining Architecture in Candelaria is now available.

Assistant Professor

June 01, 2017

Jeffry Burchard Appointed Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design

Lecture | Recent Work

April 12, 2017

On Wednesday, 11 April at 19:00, founding principal, Jorge Silvetti will lecture at the Pantheon Institute in Rome on the firm's recent work.

VGU Site Visit

March 17, 2017

Construction is underway at the Vietnamese-German University

Open Positions

March 15, 2017

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

2016 Best of Design Award

December, 2016

The Menokin Project wins AN's Best of Design Award for Unbuilt/On the Boards.

Denver Art Museum Project Launch

December 08, 2016

Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti to lead revitalization of Gio Ponti’s only realized building in North America.


October 13, 2016

Vietnamese-German University Breaks Ground

AIA New England Honors Kennedy TSA

September 30, 2016

AIA New England Presents Machado Silvetti with the "Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture"

Sarasota Modern | Architect

June 9, 2016

The Center for Asian Art featured on Architect Magazine's June cover.

A Contribution to the Public Realm

May 25, 2016

The users of the Silver Spring Civic Center speak about the building's value.

Terra-Cotta Da Vida | AN

May 20, 2016

The Center for Asian Art featured on the cover of Architects Newspaper

Testimonials | Silver Spring Civic

May 25, 2016

Rodolfo will speak about design excellence and building in urban contexts through the office's work with developers in Silver Spring and elsewhere.

New Project | UNT CVAD

May 2016

Machado Silvetti and Corgan are designing a new College of Visual Arts & Design for the University of North Texas.


May 26, 2016

Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer to present at the AAM Annual Meeting.

Recent Opening

March 2016

Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art Open.

BSA Award | VGU

January 2016

VGU wins BSA Honor Award in Campus and Urban Planning

More of Something Else

October 8, 2015

Jeffry Lectured on "More of Something Else" at the RISD launch of the 2016 Int|AR journal on the Experience Economy.

Lecture | Continuing Education

August, 2015

Ned Goodell is the keynote speaker at Auburn University's 2015 Architecture Continuing Education Event.

Construction Progress at TRX

October 22, 2014

Civil works are underway at Tun-Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur.Link

TSA Completion

December 19, 2014

A new building that combines the studio arts and theatre programs at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Link

News Letter 145

December 19, 2014

News LetterLink

Construction Progress

September, 2014

Installation of the Center for Asian Arts' terracotta facade panels.

Times Square Tower Exhibition

August 22, 2014

The 1984 entry for the Times Square Tower Competition is currently featured at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City.Link

Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art

July 14, 2014

Fabrication has begun on the green glazed ceramic panels. The facade is being fabricated at Boston Valley Terra Cotta. For more information, please click the link:Link

Vietnamese-German University

March 12, 2014

Machado and Silvetti Associates has been named the General Design Planner for the New Model Campus of Vietnamese-German University in the Binh Duong Province of Vietnam. This appointment is the result of an international competition held in 2013. For more information, please click the link:Link

January Newsletter

January 13, 2014

Please read our recent newsletter, highlighting the work we have been doing with the Menokin Foundation in Virginia. To view the newsletter and to subscribe to future issues, please click the link:Link

"Architectural Explorations: Pedagogical Practices"

December 3 , 2013

Jorge Silvetti will deliver the keynote speech of this International Seminar on December 12 in Cusco, Peru. Organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, this International Seminar hosts discussions regarding current educational pedagogies and will explore the future of architectural education. The week-long seminar will take place in Lima, Cuzco and Machu Pichu, December 9-14. Here is a link:Link

"All About Some Recent Buildings"

October 28 , 2013

Rodolfo Machado will present a lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday November 1st, 4:30pm. On the same day, Rodolfo is presenting to the Milwaukee Design Council at 12 noon. Here is a link:Link


October 11, 2013

To view our most recent newsletter and to subscribe, please see the following link:Link

Di Tella Arquitectura

September 18, 2013

Jorge Silvetti will have a conversation with Ciro Najle about the recent work of the office. The event takes place at 7:00 pm at Hall A2. Campus Alcorta: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7350, Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Here is a link with more details:Link

New Associate

September 06 , 2013

Jeffry Burchard has been promoted to the position of Associate. Jeffry is an Architect and has been with the office since 2008. He brings special expertise in design, advanced geometry, computation, parametric technology, material fabrication, strategic energy use and historical and formal analysis. For the full press release, in PDF, please click the following:Link

Buenos Aires Bienal de Arquitectura

August 08, 2013

Jorge Silvetti has been invited to speak at the 2013 Bienal de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires. The Bienal takes place the during the week of September 23 and Jorge's lecture is on the 27th. Here is a link with more details:Link

"Six Recent Buildings"

July 24, 2013

Rodolfo Machado will present a lecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseno, Universidad de Rosario, Argentina on Wednesday July 31st, 3pm. Here is a link:Link

Black Family Visual Arts Center

July 22, 2013 has included the Black Family Visual Arts Center at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in its 50×50 feature. 50×50 is a state-by-state look at architecture in the United States. Here is the link:Link

La Nueva Villa Getty

June 25, 2013

We have just released La Nueva Villa Getty detailing the 12-year expansion and transformation of the Getty Villa in Malibu. The book is co-authored by Jorge Silvetti and Conrad Ello and introduced by Franciso Mangado. This richly illustrated account offers a comprehensive graphic record of the project's complex components and scales. The monograph, available in Spanish only, was presented to the public in Madrid by Rafael Moneo, Francisco Mangado and El Pais critic Luis Fernandex Galiano on June 6th at the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. For more details and to purchase the book see the following link:Link

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: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: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: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 and sense of continuity between an existing museum and its addition. For information on the BSA's Design Awards, see the following link:Link

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans' Plaza Receives a Building Design+Construction Gold Award

August 18, 2011

The Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland is the recipient of a Gold Award in the Building Design+Construction 2011 Team Awards. For the full article, see the following link:Link

Machado and Silvetti Associates Ranked 11th in "The Architect 50"

May 27, 2011

Architect Magazine recently released its third-annual ranking of American Architecture firms, judged on three factors: profitability, sustainable ethos, and design quality. Machado and Silvetti Associates is ranked 11th on the list, for the full article and ranking see the following link:Link

Machado and Silvetti Associates Selected For New Project at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

February 9, 2011

Machado and Silvetti Associates will redesign MassArt's Bakalar and Paine Galleries on Huntington Avenue. The scheduled renovation will expand and update the galleries, making them more inviting and accessible to the college community and to the public. For additional information, please see the official MassArt press release.Link

Grand Opening of New Silver Spring Civic Building

July 21, 2010

Opening celebrations for the new Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza took place on July 9, 2010. See the linked article for details on the ceremony.Link

Mint Museum Grand Opening

June 8, 2010

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina will open its doors to the public on Friday, October 1st. The museum is hosting a 24-Hour Grand Opening celebration, which includes a ribbon cutting ceremony and activities for all ages. Please see the link below to the Mint Museum website for additional information.Link

New Project Imagery

May 17, 2010

See the following links for imagery of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Mint MuseumChazen Museum

New Photography for the AUB Suliman S. Olayan School of Business

March 11, 2010

See link below for updated photos.Link

AUB School of Business Unveiled to the Public

October 26, 2009

Opening celebrations for the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business took place on October 13, 2009. Read the article for details on the ceremony.Link

Chazen Museum of Art Expansion Under Construction

October 7, 2009

The Chazen Museum of Art on the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus is under construction. The design by Machado and Silvetti Associates will add 81,000 square feet to the museum, nearly doubling the gallery space for the permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The expansion is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011.

AUB School of Business Nears Completion

August 11, 2009

Opening celebrations for the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business have been scheduled for October 13, 2009. On August 15, 2009 the project will be handed over to the school and will be fully occupied by the start of the fall semester. You can see updated construction photos by clicking the link below.

New York University Announces Plans for New Spiritual Center

June 2, 2009

"The site, on Washington Square South and Thompson Street, will be home to NYU's Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, which will include spaces for religious observance, offices for NYU's Chaplains' Circle, classes, music rehearsals, and conferences, and will include space for an ongoing Catholic presence. The creation of this Center will provide a communal home for our students' religious and spiritual lives, as well as furnish us with additional academic space in our core area."

Community Service Award

January 11, 2009

Construction Communications has awarded Harvard University a Community Service Award for Machado and Silvetti Associates' graduate student housing project at One Western Avenue in Allston, Massachusetts. The award recognizes the building as important for aiding in local and state economic development efforts over the past decade.

Silver Spring Town Square and Civic Center Under Construction

January 11, 2009

The Machado and Silvetti Associates town square and civic center in Silver Spring, Maryland, is under construction as of October 1st, 2008. Anticipated completion of the project is March 2010. Silverchips article by Fran Djoukeng on Silver Spring Town Square.Link

AIA New England Design Awards Winner

November 6, 2008

Renovation and Expansion of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine, wins an Honor Award from the AIA New England's 2008 Design Awards program. The project is featured in the October 2008 issue of Maine Home + Design Magazine."Link

American Architecture Award Winner

November 6, 2008

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has awarded the Bowdoin College Museum of Art renovation and expansion in Brunswick, Maine, an American Architecture Award, in recognition of being among "the most significant new contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, and urban planning in the United States."Link

SODIC Gears up for Cityscape Dubai

November 6, 2008

Machado and Silvetti Associates' Eastown Design Featured.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

November 6, 2008

"Dartmouth College Visual Arts Center as a New Campus Gateway"

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

August 19, 2008

"Machado and Silvetti have given new life to a small museum, one alive with a feeling of learning and civic engagement."Article by James McCown of ArchitectureWeek.comLink

Maine Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award

August 19, 2008

Maine Preservation honors the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, ME, with a 2008 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award.Link

ASU Hassayampa awarded RADA's Grand Award

August 19, 2008

Machado and Silvetti Associates + Gould Evans, LLC Hassayampa Academic Village at Arizona State University, in Tempe, is presented a "Grand Award" from the 2008 Residential Architect Design Awards.

Atelier 505

August 19, 2008

Atelier 505 mixed-use commercial and residential building, in Boston's Historic South End, is one of ten developments from North America selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) 2008 Awards for Excellence: The Americas Competition.

Architype Review

August 19, 2008

Architype Review features Harvard University One Western Avenue graduate student housing, as one of 2008's Notable Dormitory Projects.Link

The American Institute of Architects Announces the 2007 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

April 23, 2007

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored on May 3rd at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio.Link

Getty Villa Renovation and Expansion

April 2007

Construction Communications, Southern California Edition.

Updated Photos


Recent ProjectsHassayampa Academic VillageWalker Hall

Machado and Silvetti challenge and benefit a historic seaside community with the Provincetown art association and Museum

March, 2007

To those who have visited Provincetown, Massachusetts, it would be hard to imagine a 20,000-square-foot institutional building rising up in the middle of that quaint, New England seaside town. But such a building now exists, and thanks to a thoughtful design by Machado and Silvetti Associates, it fits right in.Link

Architects unveil sneak peek of Chazen

February 2nd, 2007

After fundraising and gathering support since the late 1990s, Chazen Museum supporters received their first glimpse Thursday night of a 62,000-square foot expansion project. Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti of Associates of Boston were awarded the bid last month in association with Continuum Architects in Milwaukee. Machado visited the campus Thursday night and spoke to a crowd at the Chazen with a set of preliminary concept renderings.Link

Walker Hall

September 1, 2006

Live Webcam to follow the building's construction.Link

36 Hours, Provincetown, Mass.

August 11, 2006

Fred A. Bernstein, The New York Times:"Park your bike at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (460 Commercial Street, 508-487-1750;, the town's premier art space, especially with its smart new addition by Machado and Silvetti (the architects of the Getty Villa restoration in Los Angeles). It's open till 10 p.m. (and free) on Friday nights. There are dozens of other galleries in Provincetown, and they're all open late on Fridays. You'll have to make one detour to the DNA Gallery (288 Bradford Street, 508-487-7700; DNA shares space with the Provincetown Tennis Club, which explains the Ping-Pong table in the lobby. If you're bored with art, volley for serve."

In cozy P-town, a spacious newcomer fits right in.

June 4, 2006

Robert Campbell, Blobe Correspondent:"Indoors, the museum is a delight. The galleries are high and wide and so arranged that you can take them all in—new ones and old ones—with one looping walk. They're beautifully lighted from skylights, which face north to avoid direct sun. Their backs, facing south, bear photovoltaic panels. There's artificial light too, but it automatically dims as daylight increases. The whole building, in fact, is a serious attempt at green architecture. The museum expects a silver LEED rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the US Green Building Council…"Link

Architectural Record editor Robert Ivy visits the Getty Villa.

June 6, 2006

"What a scrumptious sight. All that vegetation, all that money so artfully deployed to create an Eden in concrete and stone. The architects seemed to have worked at two scales-a sort of muscular heroic, in which beefy walls step along canyon walls, offering heft and a clearly articulated step up the canyon walls, then cascading down the hillsides in a series of cascades. At the same time, the hybrid project includes a wealth of detailing that would make an emperor blush: Italian marble that glows from within, bronze fittings and entire walls of glazing, hand-crafted sconces and fittings, and more varieties of concrete than you could have imagined existed. Black marble flows like water on flat surfaces; Turkish onyx caps a wall. All that oil money has been frozen in time, transformed into a roman dreamscape that funnels inside to the displays, climatically and seismically stabilized."Link

Clifford Pearson on the Getty Villa in Architectural Record

May 11, 2006

"By pushing most of the new buildings into the side of the canyon, Machado and Silvetti hid much of the structures' bulk and used them as a finely articulated retaining wall. The firm also tied the various pieces together with a meandering path punctuated by stairs, landings, terraces, and scenic overlooks. The best of the new is the grand entry pavilion, whose freestanding, onyx-topped portal frames a dramatic view of the villa looming above it. The outdoor spaces spanning the divide are wonderful: well-proportioned, urbane places for enjoying a snack, relaxing, or pondering the riddle of restoring a facsimile of a house that no one in 2,000 years has seen. As for the villa itself, Machado and Silvetti's renovation delivers a near miracle-a museum that elicits no smirks from the art world. Without irony or any Postmodern winks, the architects treated the villa as a serious building, as "an artifact in a collection," explains Silvetti. First-time visitors probably won't know it, but the architects made major changes-including adding 58 windows to the once-dark gallery corridors around the inner peristyle, opening up the atrium with a retractable skylight, and creating a series of dazzling stone floors that interpret ancient decorative patterns. As every jeweler knows, the setting is as important as the jewel, especially if the rock turns out to be cubic zirconia. Machado and Silvetti has done a masterful job with the Getty's setting, crafting a sophisticated ensemble of buildings, plazas, and landscaping that finally provides a real home for a relic of another time and place."Link

New PAAM Images by Anton Grassl

April 25, 2006

A new series of exterior images by the photographer Anton Grassl can be found here.Link

Flickr Getty Images

April 26, 2006

Many images taken by visitors to the Getty Villa can be found on the social photography site Flickr.Link

Getty Villa works on many layers

April 16, 2006

Robert Campbell, The Boston Globe:"Wonderful buildings are rare. Too many things can go wrong. Like a choir of angels, everyone involved has to sing in harmony—the architect, the owner, the engineers and other consultants, the builders, the neighbors, and the people who furnish, manage, and occupy the place.So it's a pleasure to report that the Getty Villa in Malibu, which was designed by Boston architects and opened in January, is a wonderful building."

South Boston Maritime Park awarded ASLA General Design Award of Honor

April 25, 2006

Already featured in Landscape Architecture magazine and local periodicals, and recipient of an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the park and its cafe are among the most popular sites in the emerging Seaport district."The level of craftsmanship is so appealing and responsive to the maritime legacy."Link

Provincetown Museum Mixes History With Avant-Garde

April 9, 2006

William Morgan, Hartford Courant:"The just-completed addition to the Provincetown Art Association and Museum is as edgy, remarkable and as captivating as the town itself.This unabashedly modern concrete, glass and wood addition is attached to a simple frame Federal-period house that has served as the association's home for 85 years. With the exception of some shingled sheathing, there has been no attempt to reconcile past and present. Yet that very in-your-face attitude is why the new museum is such a triumph."Link

When in Malibu, do as the Romans did

26 March 2006

Jeanne Cooper, SF Chronicle:"With a new entrance, buildings, landscaping and special events centered on its classical arts collection, the Getty Villa is both more welcoming and more rewarding than before-if you can get in. You see, while the spirit of J. Paul might drop in whenever he chooses, the public needs free, timed tickets that are already sold out through the end of July. But if, like the new villa's designers, you're willing to take a slightly different approach, you might be able to score a visit with a special bonus…"Link

The Mint Museums Expansion Continues...

March 6, 2006

Further information about Machado and Silvetti's expansion and relocation of the Mint Museums in Charlotte, North Carolina can now be found on their website, where Patricia Rodgers, Chair of The Mint Museums' Board of Trustees, elaborates on the design team choice. "During the interview process, the Selection Committee felt strongly that this team demonstrated a passion for every aspect of what the Mint is trying to accomplish for the community. We could see their ability to collaborate in everything they told us and everything they showed us."

An afternoon at the Getty Villa

March 6, 2006

Tucker Neel, LA Alternative:Tucker Neel spends an afternoon at the Getty Villa: "Just before the Villa closed and the guards kicked me out, I took a second to inhale the picture perfect view of the Pacific Ocean from the top floor overlooking the Outer Peristyle gardens. I found myself caught in a moment of total enchantment…"Link

Getty Villa Digs Out After Its Own Volcanic Eruption

February 20, 2006

William Booth, The Washington Post:"The renovated Getty Villa, with its new marble and mosaic floors and freshly painted walls, is now surrounded by a new campus of modernist buildings designed by Boston architects Roldolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti. The lean, clean structures house administration, education, conservation staffs, as well as a welcome pavilion, store and cafe… Among the challenges the architects had to deal with was the flow. What they hit upon… is the metaphor of an archeological dig. Today a visitor approaches the villa first from below; then you ascend to and rise above it, and look down and see it nestled in a narrow canyon, "as though the villa was being excavated."Link

When in Rome. A striking redesign of the Getty's Malibu villa

February 20, 2006

Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker:"By treating the barely old as a revered object, Machado and Silvetti somehow make visitors feel that this building is no longer an object of ridicule but, rather, worthy of respect. It is an understated, sly maneuver, and they do it without taking the easy path of irony. Machado and Silvetti have recast the villa not only through their upgrades but in the way they have surrounded it with a series of new structures, changing its context. The villa is no longer its own little theme park: it is now an architectural folly in the center of a carefully conceived, impeccably wrought modern campus. In the English landscape tradition, the folly was not a trivial object but a noble act of historical connoisseurship, playing off against a great manor house that was designed in a more contemporary style. Machado and Silvetti have saved the once outlandish villa by connecting it to this honorable architectural heritage."Link

Getty Gets Grand Opening

February 3, 2006

Fernando Roldan, Canyon News:"We worked to reverse the difficulties created by the steep topography, transforming it from a barrier into a virtue of the overall campus," Jorge Silvetti, principal of architects Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc., said in the press release. "Now, visitors can wander through the lush site, following the contours of the design and terrain, to experience the drama of an archeological dig. Here we have uncovered, as it were, previously hidden artifacts that are presented to visitors as if they were his or her discovery."Link

New Getty museum gives ancient artifacts a fresh face

February 3, 2006

Gloria Goodale , Christian Science Monitor:"Originally built in 1974 by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty to showcase an eclectic collection that included not only antiquities but French furniture and paintings by the Old Masters, the museum was closed eight years ago for an ambitious modernization and expansion. Everything but the ancient art was moved up to the Getty's sister museum in Brentwood. The beachside villa was refurbished and redesigned as a one-of-a-kind world-class "campus," devoted to the study and exhibition of classical art, with new on-site research and conservation facilities."Link

Malibu museum Getty gets lift

February 19, 2006

Jerry Brown , Boston Herald:"The original villa and a couple of other smaller buildings had been built using little of the 64-acre site. In order to expand the facility to allow construction of the 23 galleries in which the art is displayed, the hill had to be excavated to provide more buildable space. By the same method, a parking structure, sadly lacking in the grounds of the earlier museum, was created."

Renovated classical museum returns to L.A. art scene

Februrary 2, 2006

Evan Henerson, Press Telegram:"The galleries themselves have also undergone a significant face lift. A central staircase now links the two floors… The addition of nearly 60 windows and skylights floods the building with natural light.

"It really gets you close to one of the most important traits of the Roman household: the connection to nature," says Silvetti. "That was very important to us. Natural light and classical art were meant for each other."


The Getty Villa: The 'Wow' Factor

February 2, 2006

Tom Teicholz, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles:"As you turn the corner, you are dazzled by a 180-degree panorama that looks over the roof of the villa itself, down the canyon and out to the sea. You can take in the breadth of the outdoor peristyle gardens, the new entrance of the Getty Villa in all its classical splendor, and then look up the hill to the new structures, the cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a snack cart, as well as a new museum gift shop, the Getty ranch house and the new buildings devoted to staff, conferences, conservation and education."Link

Villa's Reopening a Low-Key Marvel

January 29, 2006

Mike Boehm and Lynne Heffley, LA Times:"The Getty Villa reopened to the public Saturday, a low-key unveiling that nonetheless left visitors marveling – as much at the beauty of the $275-million transformation of the museum and grounds as at the antiquities collection inside. Despite storms buffeting the J. Paul Getty Trust for more than a year, all was sunny in Pacific Palisades, where trust President Barry Munitz held the door to welcome the first visitors.

"The presentation of the art is already an art. The site is art," said Denise Brkljacic, who with her husband, Predrag, and 38 others in a group from the Fullerton Senior Multi-Service Center, were among the first regular guests to set foot on the grounds since the villa closed in 1997."

Getty Villa shows off face-lift

January 29, 2006

"In renovating the villa, architect Jorge Silvetti said the design team was trying to create a gathering place where visitors could relax, people-watch and dine while also enjoying art… "This is going to be a delightful place," Silvetti said. "It's very intimate. It's not very big. It is in that sense a very full place."

The Getty's Awkward Bit

January 28, 2006

Stephen West, The Globe and Mail:"This job was much more extensive than a renovation," Silvetti said. "It was the creation of a campus," including a 450-seat outdoor amphitheatre, 250-seat auditorium, restaurant, bookstore, offices, conservation labs and parking structures arranged around the central museum building."

Getty's vision is vindicated

January 30, 2006

John Hiscock, Telegraph:"The long-anticipated opening was California's biggest art and architecture event of the year. Words are being eaten and criticism rethought. Instead of an old man's display of personal vanity, the Getty Villa, as it is called, is now viewed as a vibrantly splendid testament to the oilman's vision and dreams of grandeur."Link

Getty Museum reopening its much renovated villa

January 27, 2006

John Rogers, Seattle Times:"I would hope there is a sense of wonder that really surprises in a very, very happy and positive way," Silvetti said as he sat in the plaza's courtyard on a recent sun-dappled day. "Our vision of the project was very deliberate – to create surprises."Link

Seeing the Ancients Anew


Nancy Ganiard Smith, Palisadian Post:"(T)he revamped Villa… following the winning design of architects Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, is perhaps the most carefully done building of its kind ever built, with a state-of-the-art systems installed throughout to ensure the safety of the works of art."

Villa Shines Through Getty's Clouds


Christopher Knight of the LATimes CalendarLive:"As redesigned by the Boston-based architectural team of Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, the extraordinary complex exudes an unmistakably elegiac aura."

LA Daily News on the Getty Villa


Renovated classical museum returns to L.A. art scene. "Initial impressions count for a lot, and the people who have redesigned and renovated the Getty Villa are looking to produce some serious "Wows!" rather quickly…"

A window on the past opens wider


Christopher Reynolds of the LATimes CalendarLive:"No matter if Herakles has fallen off your holiday card list. Never mind if you don't know an alabastron from a loutrophoros. Odds are you will soon find yourself at the Getty Villa on the edge of Malibu, maybe trailing a loved one, maybe squiring out-of-towners. After an eight-year closure for renovation and litigation, the villa finally reopens Saturday… "Facing tricky topography and the property's eccentric history as a 20th century copy of a 2,000-year-old Roman country house, the answer of architects Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti was to half-bury everything in the hillside. This gives the whole place the feeling of a well-catered archeological dig, minus the dust, plus a few thousand plants and up to 1,200 visitors per day…"

Machado and Silvetti Associates chosen for Mint Museums project


Machado and Silvetti Associates, a Boston architectural firm experienced with museums, has been chosen to design the Mint Museums' new building on South Tryon Street uptown. The firm will work with Washington, D.C., consultant George Sexton and Charlotte firm Clark Patterson Associates. The museum will be part of a complex spearheaded by Wachovia that will include retail, a 1,100-seat theater and condos."It's a very, very complicated project," Mint board chairman Pat Rodgers said Wednesday of a new facility pegged at 145,000 square feet and $54 million. The three firms, she said, were chosen to cooperate on ensuring the Mint fits into the complex but also stands out-facing Tryon Street, it will be next to a 40-plus story Wachovia tower and have condos above; creating an identity for the crafts museum. The project brings together the fine arts from the Randolph Road museum and crafts from the North Tryon museum, a venue that's gotten national support and attention, something the Mint wants to hold onto; and helping create a new urban gateway for uptown's southern end, bringing together open space, the area's first cultural facilities, retail and offices.

Guardian Article on the Getty Villa


"The Getty Villa is reopening this week after a 12-year, $275m renovation. Its new raison d'etre: to house and display the museum's extensive, and lately disputed, classical antiquities collection. Emily Carr takes a tour with architect Jorge Silvetti. If controversy is a harbinger of success – and in Los Angeles, it usually is – then the Getty Villa, one of this city's most treasured cultural icons, is set to be a smash hit as it re-emerges after an epic facelift…"

Getty Villa opens to the public


The Getty Villa in Malibu California is set to open to the public on the 18th of January, 2006.The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades will reopen to the public on Saturday, January 28, bringing to an end the protracted renovation construction that began in 1997 but was interrupted by opposition to the project. This cultural landmark returns with a new mission as an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.The renovated Villa includes new galleries, which feature steel support systems hidden in the walls and floors to secure large and heavy works of art and protect them in case of earthquakes. Among other highlights are the new 250-seat auditorium and the 450-seat Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor theater based on ancient prototypes that allows contemporary audiences to experience classical performances as they were once viewed.The site also incorporates new space for Getty staff and scholars, including state-of-the-art conservation laboratories, seminar rooms, a classroom, and the research library at the Villa with about 20,000 volumes. Further information is available at the Getty website.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum opens


Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston is nearing completion on the renovation and expansion of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. The design achieves the objectives as expressed by the museum: to significantly increase the ability to store a growing art collection; to develop a clear sequence of gallery spaces; to expand the Museum School facilities; and to establish a clear entry for the Museum that incorporated the existing structures. In doing so, the project has dramatically improved the museum's ability to store and display art, and represents an attempt to shape an architectural identity for the institution within Provincetown's unique context, all the while adhering to rigorous standards of sustainable architecture. The site for the museum is located at the east end of Commercial Street, the town's main street, and the new expansion nearly doubles the amount of exhibit and storage space. The project began construction in November 2003 and is scheduled for final completion this fall. The Grand Opening is on Friday November 12. For more information on the museum, please visit their website.

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