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Silvia "Spitfire" Hoffman, Partner

Around the office, Silvia is known as the Partner-in-Charge of Cookies. As you can probably guess, she enjoys cooking and has a great analogy of how cooking is like architecture through planning, prep and appearance but you are able to get immediate gratification with food! Silvia came to the Lehigh Valley via Florence, Italy where she was born (yes, she speaks Italian). She and her family had moved enough times when she was younger to have attended 11 schools in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida before settling back into the Lehigh Valley, which has made her very adaptable to any environment.

Silvia is a registered Pennsylvania architect and a LEED accredited professional and has 17 years of experience in designing all types of facilities, from Colleges and Universities to healthcare facilities. Silvia graduated from Lehigh in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Minor in Urban Studies. She then went on to North Carolina State University where she obtained her Master of Architecture in 1997. In addition to being an accomplished Architect, Silvia serves on the Northampton Area Community College Foundation Board, is an Eastern PA Easter Seals Board Member and is involved in numerous other trade associations.

In her free time, Silvia enjoys spending time with her husband (especially preparing for their yearly Lehigh V. Lafayette Football Rivalry Tailgate and Game) and keeping up with her two pre-school daughters, whom she credits with making her a very good long distance runner.

Things you may not know about Silvia:

Favorite thing about being an architect:Creating spaces that clients say they couldn’t have imagined

Favorite movie: Wedding Singer & Napoleon Dynamite

Last book read: She used to read before she had kids, but now can only spare a few minutes to read a blurb in the occasional gossip magazine