Salo Levinas, President
Salo Levinas is an internationally-recognized architect known for his distinguished contemporary designs. His work brings fresh and innovative approaches to challenges presented by a broad array of institutional, commercial and residential clients.
Levinas’ work has received multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects and other organizations, which highlight Salo’s design talents on educational, institutional, commercial, sacred, and residential architecture. In addition, his projects have appeared and been reviewed in broad circulation publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Home & Design Magazine, ArchitectureDC Magazine, and number of international books and online magazines.
A native of Argentina, Salo Levinas received his architectural degree from the University of Buenos Aires’ School of Architecture and Urban Design in 1981. He was a founding partner of the Budnik Levinas Sielecki Szlezinger firm in Buenos Aires, specializing in the design of high-end residences and retail commercial projects. In Argentina, he also served as an editor of the architectural section of La Razon, a leading daily newspaper.
In 1985, Levinas moved to the United States and established Salo Levinas Architectural Design, where he continued his work in high-end residences and branched into the design of retail spaces for Hugo Boss, Cartier and Byblos, among others. In 2004, Levinas was one of ten internationally-recognized Argentine architects working around the world (including Cesar Pelli, Rodolfo Machado, Jorge Silvetti, Emilio Ambasz and Rafael Vinoli) featured in the book Arquitectos: Made in Argentina by Luis J. Grossman and Daniel O. Casoy.
In 2012, Salo was a guest speaker at the 9th version of the expo Argentine Architects Across the World, hosted at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Between 2015 and 2016, Salo’s architectural work received 2 International Design Awards in Bologna, Italy and 8 AIA Design Awards in the U.S.,including awards from AIA Virginia, AIA DC, AIA Potomac Valley, and AIA Northern Virginia chapters. In 2016, The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Salo Levinas as the recipient of The Hispanic Leader in Architecture Award, honoring Salo as a Hispanic leader in architecture.
Levinas offers lectures on synagogues and temple design and has been an occasional lecturer on architecture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC; the Smithsonian Museum; AIA DC LA IDEA; Daily Talks at the Library of Congress; and a commentator on architecture for the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival.