Graduates of Harvard’s GSD, Warren Schwartz and Robert Silver found early success with other local firms before opening their office in 1980. Both were young architects at Perry Dean Rogers, where Silver worked on the Harleston Parker Medal-winning Wellesley Science Center, and then at Hilgenhurst Associates, where they together with William Buckingham designed the East Cambridge Savings Bank, another Parker awardee.
In the early days of their firm, they served as executive architects for Frank Gehry’s transformation of 360 Newbury St., for which they shared a Harleston Parker Medal under their own names. Their Rotch Library at MIT scored a second Parker award for their office in 1993. Building on this experience and success, the firm has continued to build a strong portfolio of work in the Boston area and across the country, focusing on non-profit and academic institutions, libraries, museums, public agencies and individual clients.
Schwartz and Silver are active in professional and civic pursuits and have generally let their work speak for itself, rather than following a parallel academic and writing path as many leading designers are drawn to do in Boston. Their work with historic buildings, landscapes, and campuses demonstrate a strong ability to respect context while providing meaningful additions and restorations, while their new buildings deliver inventive design solutions that respond to the specific demands of each client and site without resorting to a rote design language.
Sources: “Built in Boston,” Shand-Tucci, 1999; SchwartzSilver.