Registered architect with over 35 years experience in the design, construction documentation and detailing, and construction administration of museums, performing arts centers, groundbreaking scientific and academic research facilities, custom homes and multi-family high-rises, office buildings, hotels, live/work lofts, bio-tech manufacturing facilities, hospitals and medical facilities, tenant improvements, high-end interior design, and award winning historic rehab, with budgets
Registered architect with over 35 years experience in the design, construction documentation and detailing, and construction administration of museums, performing arts centers, groundbreaking scientific and academic research facilities, custom homes and multi-family high-rises, office buildings, hotels, live/work lofts, bio-tech manufacturing facilities, hospitals and medical facilities, tenant improvements, high-end interior design, and award winning historic rehab, with budgets ranging from $10m to $1.5b.
Practitioner and active advocate of sustainable design building integration since the 1970’s.
Specialized skills in exterior wall cladding and curtain wall assembly design and detailing, quality control peer review, specification writing, project management and life-safety and accessibility code analysis.
Technical Design Director @ Overseeing and advancing office-wide technical design quality from macro to micro level.
Construction Administration lead for the new, environmentally innovative LPCH Stanford Hospital.
Office liaison with OSHPD and other regulatory agencies.
Member of Excellence in Execution committee addressing and implementing state-of-the-art technical and sustainable design strategies, computational design parameters, advanced building systems research, and QAQC procedures and processes firm-wide. From January 2013 to Present (3 years) Adjunct Professor @ Instructor for Comprehensive Building Design Studio. From August 2012 to June 2013 (11 months) Principal @ Executive Architect for two built projects in Northern California designed by Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron.
Facade consultant to Perkins+Will for the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapare.
Liaison with Dar Al-Handasah in Beirut. Constructibility reviews, facade design consulting and construction detailing for Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the largest university for women in the world at 32 million SF. From June 2007 to December 2012 (5 years 7 months) Principal @ Principal in charge of a $100m high rise residential project in San Diego, CA.
Project Architect/Senior Designer/Project Manager of a ground up $100m 22-story hotel in downtown San Diego, CA.
Project Architect for Cannery Lofts, Newport Beach, CA. From April 2005 to June 2007 (2 years 3 months) Senior Associate @ Project Architect for Stanford's Richard M. Lucas Center and several other S+T projects.
Construction administration for the Legoretta+Legoretta designed UCSF Mission Bay Community Center.
Exterior detailing for the Foster+Partner's designed Clark Center at Stanford University.
Founding member of the firm's "Practice Group", establishing best practice procedures. From December 2002 to April 2005 (2 years 5 months) Senior Project Architect @ Project Architect of Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA.
Project Architect of San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego, CA.
Project Architect of an historic rehab and renovation of the 6th U.S. Army's headquarter's in the Presidio into an environmentally innovative non-profit center in San Francisco, CA (pre-LEED). From June 1997 to November 2002 (5 years 6 months) Project Architect @ Project Architect for Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
Project Architect for UCLA Hall of Champions, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Project Architect for National Archives Institute in Tainan City, Taiwan. From January 1995 to June 1997 (2 years 6 months) Project Designer @ Project designer and architectural detailer for several architects such as Peter Eisenman (Wexner Center), Richard Meier (Ulm Assembly Hall), James Stirling (US projects at Cornell and Columbia Universities).
Collaborator with sculptor Mary Miss for an installation in den Hague. From January 1981 to January 1995 (14 years 1 month) Junior Draftsperson @ Prepared construction documents for a pioneering passive solar office building in Sacramento, under leadership of State Architect, Sim van der Ryn. From September 1977 to May 1978 (9 months)
BArch, Architecture @ The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art From 1982 to 1987 Thomas Silva is skilled in: Sustainable Design, Architectural Design, LEED AP, Design Research, Submittals, BIM, Mixed-use, Green Building, Urban Design, Residential Design, Construction Drawings, Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, LEED, Revit