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Machado and Silvetti Associates

Architecture and Urban Design


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).


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:


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:


"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:


"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:



October 11, 2013

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