Michael Silver

Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture

Michael Silver


Michael Silver 

315 Hayes Hall

(716) 829-5893



Michael Silver pursues pioneering research in the fields of sustainable design, digital mapping, green composites manufacturing, high-throughput computing and proprietary software development. 

His current work explores technologies like L.I.D.A.R., mobile computing (AutomasonMP3) and a variety of new robotic fabrication tools, including numerically controlled fiber-placement technology. 

Michael Silver holds a Masters of Building Design from Columbia University, and is both a LeFevre’ 29 research fellow for The Knowlton School of Architecture in Columbus Ohio and a Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. He was the Director of Digital Media at the Yale School of Architecture from 2001-2004 and a design instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is also the author of numerous books and articles on the relationship between technology and design practice including "Pamphlet Architecture #19 Reading / Drawing / Building, AD’s “Mapping in the Age of Digital Media” and a new release by Wiley and Sons, entitled “Programming Cultures”. 

Silver currently directs a multidisciplinary design laboratory based in New York City. In collaboration with mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers, his office has worked at a variety of scales and has extensive experience in the production of furnishings, consumer products, web sites and buildings. As an experimental collaborative, Silver’s firm is deeply committed to the precise alignment of advanced technology, environmental design, poetic consciousness, architectural theory, academic scholarship and the logistics of building construction.

His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in Manhattan, the IDC in Nagoya Japan, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Architecture League in New York and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He built his first working robot out of Scotch tape and Spirograph parts at the age of 12.