"We've been longtime fans of the work of Shinberg Levinas Architects. Walking around Washington DC, we've had the opportunity to admire the schools, high-end residences, studios, office buildings, and retail stores they've designed or renovated. The principal architects of the firm, Milton Shinberg and Salo Levinas, have worked on impressive designs and renovations of historical and high-end properties in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and abroad.
The prize winning design of the Woods Residence one of Shinberg Levinas most celebrated works.
One of their projects is an award winning design featured recently in the Chicago Tribune. They converted a colonial house into a modern beauty with natural lighting and imaginative use of green space and water. The project is the Woods Residence in rural Maryland and received the 2016 AIA Maryland Chapter’s Award of Excellence, the 2015 AIA DC Chapter’s Merit Award, the 2015 AIA Potomac Valley Chapter’s Merit of Honor Award, and the 2015 AIA Northern Virginia Chapter’s Award of Merit for residential architecture. According to the Tribune feature, 'Levinas considers himself a minimalist architect [who] aims for practicality'. The article continues quoting Levinas; "We tried to keep [The Wood Residence] as simple as possible... This is an island floating in nature... [We aimed] to bring a shower of light to the core of the house".
Shinberg Levinas engagement with the community is inspiring. They value sustainability and responsible design to make better use of water and energy resources. In the past, they've invited young students to participate in design programs in places such as the National Building Museum and the Holocaust Museum. In 2015 and 2016 they joined other organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland, to raise funds for grant scholarships for Hispanic students. Among their most well known designs is the Gutierrez campus of the Rosario School at 614 V St. NE. There they designed an elegant, stylish and practical adult education center with an advanced culinary program. The list of awards of excellence for their design and building projects attest to the quality of their work.
We had the opportunity to speak to the internationally known architect, Salo Levinas. He transported us back in time to a beautiful journey of truth, courage, and faith that his mother and father, Eastern Europeans of Jewish origin, embarked on when they moved from Europe to Argentina.
The Sonia Gutierrez Campus of the Carols Rosario International Public Charter School.
One of Shinberg Levinas most iconic designs.
Through their strong community ties and wise example, his parents created in Mr. Levinas the heart of what is now an award winning approach and commitment to the deeply rooted philosophy of responsible design which he perfectly puts it into words as being, "the architect's responsibility to society to do what is good for society by identifying the community's needs and meeting those needs in meaningful and innovative ways."