Firm principal Bruce Silverberg is a licensed architect in Massachusetts and New York with more than a quarter century of experience on projects ranging in scale from private dwellings through urban design. Much of this work has involved projects in the public interest: urban design, transportation, affordable housing, and institutional buildings.

Before establishing his own practice, Mr. Silverberg worked for major firms in Massachusetts and New York. In the Boston area, he was involved in public sector projects, including Roxbury Community College, Ruggles/Northeastern MBTA Station, and Memorial House Congregate Elderly Housing. In New York, he worked on projects for the Long Island Rail Road. Private sector work included a mixed-use development in Providence, RI, and adaptive reuse of the Hyde Shoe Factory (Cambridge, MA) and landmark Cox Building (Roxbury, MA).

Honors

In 2000, Mr. Silverberg's revitalization scheme for the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn won First Prize in an international design competion entitled "Sunset Park: Beyond the Gowanus Expressway." His 1997 entry in the David's Island Competition explored sustainable living patterns in a suburban context and was exhibited at both the Castle Gallery and the Van Alen Institute. Mr. Silverberg was one of five finalists in the two-stage Rotch Traveling Scholarship Competition (1983) and winner in an ideas competition for renovating Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville, MA (1980).

Teaching

Mr. Silverberg currently teaches architecture at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. He has also taught at California Polytechnic State University; Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey; and the Boston Architectural Center.

He has been an invited "jury" critic in design studios at Columbia University and the Rome programs of both Pennsylvania and Iowa State Universities. In 1999, he received a grant from the Social Science Research Council to develop a workshop on "Housing and Sustainability" for architects and students at the Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría in Havana, Cuba.

Education

Mr. Silverberg holds a B.A. in economics from Dickinson College, a B.Arch. from the Boston Architectural Center and a M.S. in advanced architectural design from Columbia University. In addition to his formal education, Mr. Silverberg has traveled widely through Europe, South Asia and the Middle East.

Publications

As a contributing editor for The Earth Times, Mr. Silverberg attended major United Nations conferences and World Bank/IMF meetings and authored a series on "Best Practices."

Silverberg, Bruce A. "Introduction: Colloquium Revives Ecological Building and Communal Values," in Kennedy, Joseph, ed., The Art of Natural Building (Kingston, NM: NetWorks Productions, 1999), 7-9.

_____. "The Societal Impact Matrix: A Paradigm for Sustainable Society," in Conference Proceedings: The 2001 Eco-Management and Auditing Conference (Shipley, UK: ERP Environment, 2001), 264-271.

Affiliations

Since 2008, Mr. Silverberg has served on the board of directors of the Workforce Housing Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. From 2007 to 2012, he was on the board of directors of SLO Green Build, a local green building organization that has since merged with the Central Coast chapter of USGBC

In New York, he had co-chaired the local chapter of the O2 Sustainability Network (2001-02) and was a board member of the New York chapter of ADPSR/Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (1997 to 2000). He has been a member of Transportation Alternatives, the Van Alen Institute and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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