Claudio Silvestrin, 16.11.2019

Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta – Doors: 6:30pm – Talk: 7:00pm – Drinks until: 9:00pm

Architecture Alive presents Claudio Silvestrin, 16.11.2019

  • Venue: Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta
  • Date: Saturday 16 November 2019
  • Doors: 6:30pm
  • Talk: 7:00pm
  • Drinks until: 9:00pm

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Despite his distinguished position in the architectural world, Claudio Silvestrin prefers to keep a low profile, avoiding the showiness preferred by many at the top of his profession. The same might be said about his projects which, rather than indulging in the spectacular and hyper-ornate, are understated affairs, serene and meditative. In his own words: “Architecture of contemplation and for our inner self – it is most of all for our soul.”

Highly creative, Claudio Silvestrin was born in 1954, studied under A.G. Fronzoni in Milan and at the Architectural Association in London. His interest in philosophy, his vision, his integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details are reflected in his distinctive architecture: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious, simple but not soulless.
Claudio Silvestrin has extensive experience as a visiting professor. In 2013 he was appointed Walton Critic and tutored at the Catholic University of America, in Washington DC.

Claudio Silvestrin is a man of vision, the vast as well as the minute. Creativity is never delegated, his artistic supervision is total. Claudio Silvestrin is not a mere creative: what he creates in his designs, in turn, creates. He stands for difference rather than uniformity, quality rather than quantity, fewer projects rather than many. He is not a business man nor a PR man. He cares, advises, invents, teaches; he inspires. Claudio Silvestrin’s golden touch always adds value to his clients’ projects.
“I do not get out of bed unless I am going to create something exceptionally beautiful.”


I have been educated to believe that being an architect is a vocation, just as it is a vocation to be a priest. I have been educated to believe that architecture is the most complete form of art, bridging man and nature, earth and sky, god and mortals. I have believed, and still do, that architecture is composing poetry on earth in partnership with the earth, that architecture has the role of transmitting the emotion of matter, space, light and water. I have learned from, and been inspired by, the great Italian Masters: with superb style they teach us about the spiritual quality of the materials, and the emotion of solidity that a form or configuration must embody and express in order to transcend the ordinary and the temporary. I have learned to go beyond material boundaries in order to render the potential infinity of things. Creating forms that make us feel the lack of durability and inevitable dissolution of the matter that we ourselves are made of.


Claudio Silvestrin Architects was established in 1989 with offices in London and, since 2006, in Milan as well. The work of the practice encompasses real estate developments, newly built houses and resorts for private residence, art galleries and museums, restaurants, luxury retail stores and furniture design. Clients include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Giada, Anish Kapoor, Victoria Miro, Fondazione Sandretto Re-Rebaudengo, YTL Singapore, Illy Coffee, Princi, Rainer Becker of Zuma and internationally acclaimed hip hop artist and producer Kanye West. Claudio Silvestrin’s most recent project is a newly built fashion mall of 40,000 m2 in Turin which opened to the public in March 2017.


  • 2017 Silvestrin, Claudio. Timeless Italian Style: Architecture, Design, Philosophy China-London: Design Media Publishing
  • 2011 Silvestrin, Claudio. The non-materiality of the material. Introduction by Franco Bertoni and afterword by Germano Celant. Turin: Allemandi
  • 2008 Silvestrin, Claudio. Eye Claudio. Preface by Clare Farrow and afterword by Francesco Alberoni. Milan: Viabizzuno
  • 2006 Boisi, Antonella (edited by). ‘Architetture d’Interni: Claudio Silvestrin’, in Interni Magazine, vol. 567, issue 12, December 2006. Milan: Mondadori, pp.2-29
  • 1999 Bertoni, Franco. Claudio Silvestrin. Basel: Birkhäuser


  • 2018 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards – Mark Wilkinson Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • 2018 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards – Editor’s Product of the Year Terra Bronze Kitchen by Claudio Silvestrin for Minotti Cucine
  • 2016 LEAF Award (Leading European Architecture Forum) Cannon Lane House, London
  • 2014 Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award Rocca Sinibalda Castle, Italy
  • 2013 FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards Sandy Island Housing Development, Sentosa, Singapore
  • 2011 South East Asia Property Awards, Best Architectural Design Sandy Island Housing Development, Sentosa, Singapore
  • 2009 Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award Victoria Miro Private Collection Space, London
  • 2009 CNBC Asia-Pacific Property Awards, Best Development Sandy Island Housing Development, Sentosa, Singapore
  • 2008 Archip, Domus Russia Magazine Award P Penthouse, Montecarlo
  • 2008 Best Communicator Award La Cava, a stone installation for Il Casone at Marmomacc, Verona
  • 2005 Wallpaper Magazine Design Awards Terra Kitchen for Minotti Cucine
  • 2005 Travel+Leisure Magazine Design Awards Princi Bakery XXV Aprile, Milan
  • 2005 International Award Architecture in Stone Giorgio Armani Worldwide Image
  • 2003 Gold Medal award for Italian Architecture at the Triennale in Milan Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin


Claudio Silvestrin Architects
UNIT 411, Kings Wharf
301 Kingsland Road
E8 4DS London
United Kingdom

T +44 (0)20 7241 9540

Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta

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Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta 35.899441, 14.513749 Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta

Alison Brooks, 19.10.2019

MUZA, Valletta – Doors: 6:30pm – Talk: 7:00pm – Drinks until: 9:00pm

Architecture Alive presents Alison Brooks, 19.10.2019

  • Venue: MUZA Valletta
  • Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
  • Doors: 6:30pm
  • Talk: 7:00pm
  • Drinks until: 9:00pm


Alison Brooks is one of the leading architects of her generation. Her portfolio of projects encompasses urban design, housing, education and buildings for the arts. Alison has become a public voice for the profession advocating the role of housing as civic building, the resurgence of building craft and the use of timber in architecture. She is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Her work has attracted international acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing, exemplified by the spectacular new Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford. Alison lectures internationally on architecture and urban design. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. In 2018 Alison was appointed as the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD and taught a Masters in Collective Housing at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.


Founded in 1996, Alison Brooks Architects has developed an international reputation for delivering design excellence and innovation in projects ranging from urban regeneration, master planning, public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing. ABA’s award-winning architecture is born from intensive research into the cultural, social and environmental contexts of each project. Their approach enables them to develop authentic, responsive solutions for their buildings and urban schemes, each with a distinct identity.


Alison Brooks Architects have won numerous prestigious awards including several RIBA awards. Architect Brooks has also won the AJ Woman Architect of the Year in 2013.


Alison Brooks Architects
Unit 610, Highgate Studios, 53–79 Highgate Road
London NW5 1TL

+44 (0)207 267 9777

The Malta National Community Art Museum

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The Malta National Community Art Museum 35.896360, 14.511341 MUŻA - The Malta National Community Art Museum


Architecture Alive is a stimulating project being undertaken by studjurban, with the support of the Malta Planning Authority, involving a series of design talks by world-renowned architects to be hosted every three months in Malta.

We hope to support Malta’s flourishing architectural scene by providing insights on contemporary architectural matters and establish a platform that will generate discussion. The invited architects will discuss their main achievements, challenges and recount personal narratives, referring to their key projects as a visual basis.

Our main intention is to keep the practice of architecture alive and flourishing through a regular exposure to great worldwide architecture and urban design. In this way, we wish to foster learning opportunities, inspire audiences and provoke conversations.