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Creating, Renewing, Preserving, Sustaining
"Work on the best projects. Support great architecture. Provide the highest level of technical excellence. Find joy in what we do." — Bob Silman — Bob Silman
VA General Assembly Building
Firm Profile

Creating, renewing, preserving, sustaining: This has been the vision of Silman since its beginning as a one-person New York based practice in 1966. Since then, Silman has grown to a staff of more than 160 across four offices located in New York, NY, Washington DC, Boston, MA, and Ann Arbor, MI. To provide the highest quality structural engineering services possible, we have fostered an approach centered on constant collaboration between owners, architects, and other consultants. 

Krause Gateway Center
We Support Great Architecture

We partner with some of the world’s most recognized architecture firms, but we have always worked with small and emerging practices, and we thrive on establishing new partnerships.

From serving as structural engineering consultant on more than 23,000 projects, we have been recognized for our collaborative spirit in the design of new architectural works and on some of the largest and most noteworthy renovations and additions in the US.

Berggruen Institute - Half Sphere Diagram
We Are Leaders in the Use of Emerging Technologies

We have pioneered the use of industry standard evaluation techniques and are at the forefront of sustainable design practices. 

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50th Anniversary - Bob
We Work with Joy

Our founder, Bob Silman, empowered us to perform at our highest level and to find joy in everything we do. Bob taught us to treat every client the same way—with respect, passion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

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Silman Turns 50

In 2016 we turned 50 years old, which we commemorated with a brief retrospective and a party at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Thank you to all who have been part of our journey so far, and thank you to those who will join us for the next 50 years.

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