• Principal[+]
    tsilvaarch Thomas Silva


    Thomas Silva, AIA
    Principal

    California License # C-29212
    New York License # 25266
    NCARB Certified
    LEED Accredited Professional

    Founder and Principal of Thomas Silva Architects, Inc., Thomas Silva is an award winning registered
    architect with over three decades of professional experience, including collaborating with
    four Pritzker Prize laureates.

    Mr. Silva's diverse experience in project types range from small to urban scale, including fine art museums,
    performing arts centers, groundbreaking scientific and academic research facilities, high-end custom homes
    and multi-family high-rises, office buildings, hotels, loft conversions, healthcare facilities, interior tenant
    improvements, high-end interior design, small remodels, and renovations of listed historic buildings
    incorporating sustainable design strategies.

    In addition, Mr. Silva has over 25 years construction administration experience in a variety of complex
    projects, with budgets ranging from $8-150 million.


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  • Areas of Practice[+]
    Custom Single Family Residential
    Multi-Family Residential
    Cultural Art Institutions
    Commercial + Retail
    Science +Technology
    Higher Education
    Historic Building Renovations
  • Services[+]

    Programming
    Site Analysis
    Feasibility Studies
    Code Analysis
    LEED Certification
    Architectural Design
    Construction Documents
    Construction Administration
    Peer Review
    Expert Witness Testimony

    THOMAS SILVA ARCHITECTS, INC utilizes the most current 3D computer modeling software
    in its design and construction documents, and has an established quality control program
    that is implemented into each phase of every project. Our staff provides all necessary
    services to assure compliance with applicable building codes, and can provide detailed
    construction cost estimating services to maintain conformance with the project’s budget.

    We have developed specialized expertise in various construction technologies, including
    exterior facade design and envelope detailing, waterproofing, roofing and sophisticated
    glazing systems design, among others. TSA has effectively and efficiently managed large
    diverse project teams incorporating many specialized consultants and designers.

    We can also provide services necessary to achieve LEED certification for projects
    demanding sustainable design strategies.
  • Publications[+]
    The following publications feature projects in which Thomas Silva, AIA contributed a key design role:

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    The Big Book of Lofts, Antonio Corcuera (ed.),(New York: Collins Design-an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers) pp.: 232.

    Urbanland, May 2006, Volume 65, number 5, Urbanity Amid Parking (Washington D.C.: Urban Land Institute): pp.: 128-129.

    New Apartments, Ana Canizares (ed.), (New York: CollinsDesign-an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) pp.: 56-65.

    Creating the New American Town House, A. Gorlin (ed.),(New York: Rizzoli): pp.: 226-231.

    City Secrets: Florence, Venice and the Towns of Italy, R. Kahn (ed.), (New York: Little Book Room Press): Contributor.

    Constructed Realty, The Work of Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
    (San Francisco: William Stout Publishers): Contributor.

    The Space of Appearance, George Baird, (Cambridge: MIT Press): pp.: 54, 55.

    Richard Meier, Stadthaus Ulm (Opus 9), Richard Sack, (Edition Axel Menges).

    Global Architecture, GA Houses Project 1994 (Tokyo: A.D.A. Edita Co., Ltd.):
    pp.: 60, 61.

    Richard Meier Architect 1985-1991, (New York: Rizzoli): pp.: 144-165; 180-193.

    GA Document 26 (Tokyo: A.D.A. Edita Tokyo Co., Ltd.): pp.: 6-27; 68-79.

    James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates Design Philosophy and Recent Projects, (ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN) PAPADAKIS Andreas C. (ed.), (Academy Group Ltd.)

    Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, the Ohio State University
    (New York: Rizzoli): Cover drawing.

    Education of an Architect, John Hejduk, Elizabeth Diller (ed.),
    (New York: Rizzoli): pp.: 21(B), 22, 46, 47, 58-61, 65, 85, 98, 99.
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  • Memberships and Affiliations[+]
    Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR), Member

    American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

    United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Member

    Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Member

    Certified Local Business Enterprise (LBI), San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Awards and Honors[+]
    The following awards were for projects in which Thomas Silva, AIA contributed a key design role:

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    Golden Nugget Award, Best Attached Housing Project (ICON)

    Excellence in Architecture Design Award, San Francisco Chapter AIA (Richard M. Lucas Center)

    Golden Nugget Award, Best Live Work Housing Project (Cannery Lofts)

    Honor Award, Orange County Chapter AIA (Cannery Lofts)

    Design Award, San Diego Chapter AIA (Diegan Hotel)

    Design Award, California Preservation Foundation (Bay Area Discovery Museum)

    Design Award, California Preservation Foundation (San Diego Hall of Champions)

    National Honor Award, AIA (Wexner Center for the Visual Arts)

    Grant Recipient, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

    Rome Prize in Architecture, American Academy in Rome

    Matthew Del Gaudio Award for Excellence in Total Design, New York Society of
    Architects/New York Chapter AIA (Thesis Award)

    Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, AIA/AAF

    Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Grant, New York Chapter AIA

    National Foundation Scholarship, AIA

    AIA Eleanor Allwork Scholarship for Design Excellence
  • Exhibitions[+]

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    "Sketch", George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Group Exhibition)

    B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA (Group Exhibition)

    San Francisco Art Institute (Group Exhibition)

    P.S. 1, New York, NY (Group Exhibition

    The Clocktower Gallery, New York, NY (Group Exhibition)

    American Academy in Rome Gallery, Rome, Italy (Group Exhibition)

    Houghton Gallery, New York City, NY

    Rotterdam National Museum of Architecture, The Netherlands (Group Exhibition)
  • Lectures and Guest Jury[+]

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    The California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

    The California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

    The California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

    University of Califormia at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

    The California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA

    Cornell University, Rome, Italy

    The American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

    Notre Dame University, Rome, Italy

    Waterloo University, Rome, Italy

PHILOSOPHY
We believe in creating inspiring architectural designs with rigor, diligence, imagination, technological excellence and ecological sensitivity.
CONTACT
THOMAS SILVA ARCHITECTS, INC
3424 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
T: +1 415 218 2317
F: +1 415 922 8415

info@tsilvaarch.com
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SERVICES
• Feasibility Studies
• Site Analysis
• Programming
• Code Analysis
• LEED Certification
• Architectural and Interior Design
• Construction Documents
• Construction Administration