The following new Associates have been instrumental in firm growth and project leadership at Robert Silman Associates and we are proud to recognize their contributions to our collective success with their promotions.

John D. DeKraker, AIA
John (“JDK”) worked as a project architect prior to joining Silman’s DC office in 2007. He specializes in the integration of structure and architecture, and he has performed structural design for residential, commercial, and historical projects. He has extensive experience in the study of building envelopes. His recent projects include the National Gallery of Art East Building Exterior Stone Repairs and the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Exterior Envelope Study, both in Washington, DC.

Laura R. Smith, PE
Laura joined Silman’s NY office in 1999 and has worked on a variety of project types, including multi-story residential buildings, healthcare facilities, and institutional buildings. Recent, significant projects include the award-winning Milstein Hall at Cornell University, a new affordable housing tower on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the renovation and restoration of historic Iviswold Castle at Felician College, and the renovation of an existing building for use as an MSKCC outpatient medical center in Harrison, NY.

Eytan Solomon, PE, LEED AP
Eytan joined Silman’s NY office in 2004. His experience encompasses new construction, adaptive re-use, historic preservation, sustainable design, art sculptures, and unconventional building materials. Recent projects include the award-winning new Student Union Building at SUNY New Paltz and the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. He is active in SEAoNY, where he served as the Publications Committee Chair and newsletter editor from 2009 – 2011.

Sara Steele, PE
Sara joined Silman’s NY office in 2001 and has worked on a range of civic and institutional projects, as well as private residences. Current, significant projects include the Harvard Art Museums expansion and renovation in Cambridge, MA, and the Conference Center at the Cité de la Democratie in Gabon. She is on the Board of SEAoNY and serves on the Engineer’s Panel for the NYS Council on the Arts.