About us

scalar Architecture is an award winning international design firm based in New York City. As the term indicates, scalar Architecture operates at a variety of scales collaborating with allied key experts. The fruits of these collaborations are all embracing projects that garner accolades for their transformative solutions and environmental agenda, such as the International First Prize for the development of Hamar, Norway, and the Lasso House, which won the Architectural League’s Award. In order to transform the world one environmentally aesthetic project at a time, scalar Architecture provides an expansive deployment of architecture and its registers of program, geometry, context, aesthetics and form.

scalar’s residential experience includes dwellings and housing in Spain, Maine, and New York as well as large scale sustainable developments in Guatemala and Costa Rica.  With expertise in hospitality and commercial projects, scalar’s work also includes hotels in Nicaragua and Hounduras, and US restaurants Recess and Flurt.  Institutional projects include commissioned designs for the Woodstock Association Museum, the offices of the Dean at Cornell School’s of Architecture and an ongoing 100,000 sf medical building in New York.

scalar Architecture collaborates with multiple international partners, including Regional, a joint venture developing hotels in Central America.  Urban and landscape collaborations include the re-development of Hamar, and chosen entries for Build a Better Burb and Elemental Chile, as well as a large cross-programmed sustainable park in Madrid, Spain.

scalar Architecture’s Principal is Julio Salcedo, Licensed Arch. US / EU, LEEP AP.  Born in Madrid, Salcedo holds a B.A. in architecture and sculpture from Rice University, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.  He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, Cornell University, and currently at City College as an Associate Professor. In addition to the book Generic Specific Continuum, Salcedo has written numerous articles about the work of scalar Architecture.

Julio Salcedo and Scalar Architecture bring a refreshing avant-garde approach to design that is simultaneously breathtaking and functional. We have worked with Scalar on projects from large ground up commercial developments, through health care to small interior residential design and as development project managers and real estate advisors have been consistently impressed with their concepts, work ethic, integrity, thru-put and delivery. We wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Julio and his team.
— Jason Martin, Managing Director MCCGUSA and Principal, Arvo Real Estate | New York, NY

Prior to launching his own office, Julio Salcedo worked for Pritzker prize winner Rafael Moneo. He also worked at SOM in New York as Senior Designer for the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, and for Rick Cook of COOKFOX.  He has been a juror for international and national competitions, including AIA awards and the Kay e Sante nan Ayiti Housing Competition in Haiti.

The work of the firm has been published in Arquitectura, Abstract, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Breathe, House Beautiful, Frame, and Interior Design Magazine. Julio Salcedo – its founder -  has taught courses on design, history and theory of architecture at City College – where is the currently the chair - , the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Salcedo also has contributed as a writer to various periodicals such as Pasajes, Spain; Praxis, USA; and Arquitectura, Spain.