slo architecture is a full-service design firm of partners Amanda Schachter, AIA, and Alexander Levi, AIA, architects licensed to practice in the United States and Spain. Launching Schachter Levi Office in Madrid in 2005, we brought the studio to our native New York City in 2007.
SLO Architecture realizes designs for wide-ranging private clients, public agencies, cultural and educational institutions, and grassroots initiatives. The breadth of our work links realms of urban and architectural design with artistic production and social action, bringing together multiple partners, including local practitioners, youth, mentors, fabricators, and public officials. SLO's public projects envision the reforging of links among natural ecologies embedded within the city including waterways disfigured by outsized infrastructures of industry, settlement, and transportation and seek opportunities to amplify social, artistic, and entrepreneurial ambitions of urban neighborhoods by coupling them with the active revindication and resurgence of nature.
In our mission to bring vitality, connectivity, and sustainability to public space, SLO Architecture collaborates with entities including NYC Department of Parks, MTA Arts & Design, NYC Department of Transportation, Bronx River Alliance, Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice, Bronx River Arts Center, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inwood Canoe Club, City as Living Laboratory, Bronx Council on Environmental Quality, Brooklyn Navy Yards, New York Harbor School, Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, and the Huntington Free Library's East Bronx History Forum, among many others.
Carefully tailored to the needs and desires of clients and emerging institutions, to embody their dreams and ambitions, the projects of SLO Architecture, beyond 'frozen music' or a 'machine for living', are slow gratification: the design of a resonance chamber that amplifies and harmonizes the individual and collective spirit.
Selected Recent Awards:
2015 Mojdeh Baratloo Urban Urge Award
2014 Blinder Award / Fitch Foundation
2014 AIANY Design Award
2013 NYFA Fellowship Award
2013 Dwell Vision Award
2012 AIANY New Practices New York Prize
2011 Blinder Award / Fitch Foundation
2009 Van Allen New York Prize Fellowship