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).
Ringling Museum of Art Facade Fabrication
July 14, 2014
Fabrication has begun on the green glazed ceramic panels for the Asian Art Study Center. The facade is being fabricated at Boston Valley Terra Cotta. For more information, please click the link:
Lecture Tour in Argentina
June 3, 2014
As part of an extensive professional tour of the Northeast region of Argentina, Jorge Silvetti and Rodolfo Machado will give two joint lectures on the firm’s current work.
Wednesday June 11th, in the city of Resistencia – as guests of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste.
Thursday June 12th in the city of Posadas -as guests of the School of Architecture of the Universidad Catolica de Santa Fe and of the College of Architects of the Province of Misiones.
The tour and lectures are sponsored by the Entidad Bi-Nacional Yacyretá, the binational (Argentina and Paraguay) consortium that operates and manages the Hydroelectric Plant of Yacyretá.
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 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: