da Silva Architecture
da Silva Architecture promotes Contemporary Regionalism throughout New Mexico through the design of buildings that are elegant, comfortable, and energy-efficient, aided by Miguel da Silva's knowledge as a certified Passive House consultant. dSA seeks to incorporate state-of-the-art building materials to create spaces that speak to the history, culture, and traditions of the region.
Miguel da Silva
Miguel da Silva is the sole proprietor of da Silva Architecture, Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been based in northern New Mexico since 1991 and has consulted on a wide variety of institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Historic projects involving research, documentation, building analysis, building restoration, and construction administration include the Guadalupe Café, the Adolph Bandelier House, and the Old Santa Fe Trail Plaza in Santa Fe, NM; a John Gaw Meem Hunting Lodge in Pecos, NM; as well as the the Hacienda de la Capilla de Nuestra Segnora de los Lagos in Talpa, NM. Mr. da Silva holds extensive experience from the design and construction administration of numerous buildings and facilities that contribute to the New Mexico landscape. His knowledge in employing state-of-the-art construction techniques, while incorporating regional sensibilities and economical focus ensures excellence and integrity with each outcome.
In 1997, Mr. da Silva was chosen by the village elders to be a Majordomo for the Acequia de Los Ortegas in Chimayó, NM. This acequia pulls water from a "pressa" at the Rio Quemado and delivers it to the fortified 17th century Plaza del Cerro. Work with the village elders, the Acequia, and the Plaza del Cerro--Mr. da Silva's home, since 1993--constitute and insure a high-degree of community involvement.
Mr. da Silva received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Architecture from Rice University in 1991. He was certified as a Passive House consultant in 2012. Born in France and raised in Italy to the age of twelve, Mr. da Silva is fluent in English and Italian, and conversant in French and Spanish.