Machado and Silvetti Associates

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Machado Silvetti is an architecture and urban design firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Incorporated in 1985, the firm's principals Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti have been in association since 1974. They have been called "arguably Boston’s most influential firm of the last generation".[1]

Machado and Silvetti's notable projects include the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, The Getty Villa, the Boston Public Library's Honan-Allston Branch, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Mint Museum, and One Western Avenue at Harvard University.[2][3]

The firm has received numerous awards for its work, including the 2007 and 2008 American Architecture Award,[4][5] the 2006 Los Angeles Business Council Best Civic Architecture Award,[6] the 2003 Harleston Parker Medal,[7] 2003 AIA National Honor Award for Architecture,[8] the 2002 Boston Society of Architects Honor Award, the 2002 AIA New England Honor Award, and the 2002 Boston Society of Architects Design Excellence in Housing Award. Machado and Silvetti were awarded the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters's 1991 First Award in Architecture[9] and the 9th International Award for Architecture in Stone in 2005.[2][3]

Their work on the Getty Villa was praised as "a near miracle—a museum that elicits no smirks from the art world.... a masterful job... crafting a sophisticated ensemble of buildings, plazas, and landscaping that finally provides a real home for a relic of another time and place."[1]

Machado and Silvetti's work has been hailed for its "conceptual clarity and visual intensity", and "the outstanding quality of their architectural principles." "Construction as an art, and not as a mere technical instrument, is verifiable in each of their built projects, and specially visible in their exquisite details, full of meanings."[10]


  1. ^ a b Murray, Hubert (May 2006). "The New Establishment Meets The Next Wave: Boston's young and mid-career practices find common ground in their training and research-based design". Architectural Record. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Architectural Record 2006-05" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b "Faculty: Rodolfo Machado: Professor in Practice,Department of Urban Planning and Design". Harvard University Graduate School of Design Web Site. Harvard University. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  3. ^ a b "Faculty: Jorge Silvetti: Professor, Department of Architecture". Harvard University Graduate School of Design Web Site. Harvard University. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  4. ^ "2007: Provincetown Art Association and Museum". The Chicago Athenaeum: American Architecture Awards 2007. The Chicago Athenaeum. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  5. ^ "2008: Bowdoin College Museum of Art". The Chicago Athenaeum: American Architecture Awards 2008. The Chicago Athenaeum. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  6. ^ "Top International Architects Assemble for 36th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards". DMN Newswire. PR Newswire. 2006-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  7. ^ Hershman, Marcie (2004-01-02). "The 2003 Harleston Parker Metal; The Honan-Allston Library". Architecture Boston. 7 (1): 39–41.
  8. ^ "AIA Honor Awards 2003". Architecture Week. Artifice, Inc. 2003-01-29. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  9. ^ "Academy Awards". American Academy of Arts and Letters Web Site. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  10. ^ Ojeda, Oscar Riera (1995). "Mastering and Breaking the Rules". CASAS Internacional 40.

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