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Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. Protected as an architectural landmark, the mid-century modern building was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios. 

The shortlisted firms are:

  • Ann Beha Architects
  • DesignLab Architects, Inc.
  • Machado Silvetti / Baker
  • Mark Cavagnero Associates

Fifty-six (56) firms were accepted for consideration to compete.  The shortlisted submissions presented projects that were well-conceived and well-executed, displaying a sophisticated understanding of the issues involved in renovating historically significant buildings and experience with rehabilitations of complex modern structures.  Each presented a diversity of projects which displayed a strong use of materials and context, and demonstrated experience with design and construction of facilities in a campus setting.  The shortlisted offerors also presented the design capabilities of their proposed lead designers, each of whom possessed exemplary credentials and a strong portfolio of relevant work experience.

The shortlisted firms will assemble their technical teams and submit detailed information on their organization and qualifications for the second stage of evaluation.

Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens" 16 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>