Donald “Donny” Silberman is an architectural designer based in New York, NY. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University with concentrations in history of architecture and design theory.
Donny has pursed his passion for constructing both static and dynamic compositions through painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and digital media within the leisure, academic, and professional realms. His undergraduate design thesis explores the spacial hybridity of an inter-modal transportation hub’s ‘destination’ and ‘transient’ qualities with relationship to the urban context.
Through travels in the United States, South America, and Europe, Donny studied how climate, resources, and culture affect design and construction processes. First-hand observations and documentation inform his design approach and understanding of precedent, while collaborations with several interdisciplinary publication and research teams inform his effective communication skills.
Professionally, Donny has worked for offices in Chicago and New York on residential and commercial projects in the United States, India, and China. He currently works at Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, New York, Architectural Designer
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern
Participated in site analysis and design of a 2.5-million-square-foot mixed-use development and rendering of a high-end single-family home, both sited in New Delhi, India.
Sketched construction drawings and organized construction documents for a high-end residential conversion project and designed schemes for exterior light fixture and canopy commissions, all sited in New York, New York.
Collaborated on a one day intern design charette for a 10,000-square-foot home in East Hampton, New York. Visited construction sites in Quogue, Gramercy Park, and at Bronx Community College.
HOK, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Student Intern
Constructed Revit and SketchUp models, rendered perspective views, compiled 100% DD package for 6.5 million square-foot mixed-use development in Navi Mumbai, India.
Researched façade and massing precedents and ideas, designed façade and massing schemes in SketchUp and foam, rendered programmatic plan diagrams and sections in Photoshop, constructed SD presentation models in foam for three office towers in mixed-use development in Mumbai, India.
Developed massing and plan schemes in foam and drawing, and completed site analysis diagrams for final round of a competition project in Chicago, Illinois.
Auerbach Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Summer Intern
Built schematic models; drafted AutoCAD plans, sections, and details; contributed design scheme options; maintained communication between contractor and architect on residential addition and renovation projects.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, College of Architecture
Concentrations in Theory and History of Architecture
Design Thesis, May 2013
The Weehawken Hub: Focus of Activity, Community, & Transportation
Travel Studio, spring 2012:
Icelandic Farmhouse Design Studio; Ithaca, New York & Reykjavik, Iceland
Semester Abroad, fall 2011:
Cornell in Rome architecture program; Rome, Italy
Travel Semester, summer 2010:
Courses in theory, design, and visual art; Argentina, Uruguay, & Brazil