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New name, principals, and website for Machado Silvetti

Along with a new name, architecture and urban design firm Machado Silvetti has four new principals, including three Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni.

Formerly called Machado and Silvetti Associates, the firm announced its new name, partners, and website on June 2. Founded in 1974 by Rodolfo Machado, professor emeritus in practice of architecture and urban design, and Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture, the firm is based in Boston’s South End, with an associated office in Buenos Aires.

The three GSD alums joining the firm’s principal leadership are:

Jeffry Burchard (MArch ’08), who joined the firm in 2008 as the Senior Designer for the New York University Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, which received an Honor Award in Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects in 2014;

Edwin “Ned” Goodell (MArch ’98), who joined the firm in 2001 and immediately tackled coordination of the mechanical systems and construction administration for Harvard’s LEED-certified One Western Avenue residential tower; and

Craig Mutter (MArch ’92), who joined the firm in 2008 and is currently leading the new model campus of Vietnamese-German University in Vietnam and the new Asian Art Study Center at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

“Really, one of the most impressive facets of the office is the variety of projects that an architect or urban designer will work on,” says Burchard, who also is a design critic in architecture at the GSD. “The new partnerships in the office represent our increased ability to effectively address the challenges and opportunities of these varied projects through an expanded repertoire of experience and interests. But most importantly, they reflect our commitment to conceptual clarity, from ideas through construction.”

Since its founding, Machado Silvetti has received numerous honors for design projects, including from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Boston Society of Architects, and the New England AIA chapter. In 1991, the firm was given the First Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among the firm’s recent and current projects are the Getty Villa in Malibu, California; the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, which earned a Citation for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects; and the new model campus of Vietnamese-German University in Vietnam, an appointment the firm won through an international competition in 2013.

Rodolfo Machado served as professor in practice of architecture and urban design at the GSD from 1986 to 2010, and chaired the Department of Urban Planning and Design from 2004 to 2009. Jorge Silvetti has taught at the GSD since 1975 and chaired the Department of Architecture from 1995 to 2002.

(Photo: Craig Mutter, MArch '92; Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer; Rodolfo Machado; Jorge Silvetti; Edwin Goodell, MArch '98; and Jeffry Burchard, MArch '08)