Salvatore Architecture is an innovative consulting and full service architectural firm, from its business model as a virtual office to the concepts that are used to help their clients obtain the greatest return on investments associated with their projects. Three main concepts set Salvatore Architecture apart from others in our field.

  • Interdisciplinary Design Team (IDT) approach to project delivery
  • Evidence Based Design (EBD)
  • Environment of Care. (EOC)

The power of the Interdisciplinary Design Team (IDT) approach to project delivery engages all of the participants that will be involved in the development of the vision and implementation of the project at the inception of the process. This approach allows for a clear definition of the “real problem” that should be addressed and assures that consequences, (economic, social, environmental, scheduling and others), associated with decisions that are made along the way are identified by involved stakeholders allowing informed decisions to be made in a timely fashion.

This approach is consistent with the ideal implementation of the Evidence Based Design (EBD) process. The clients’ goals are identified relative to how evidence will be used or created throughout the design process. That understanding is used as a basis to develop realistic budgets, considering both first costs and the potential return on the investment associated with the proposed evidence based design interventions.

This process is also instrumental in going beyond the traditional development of a new building or addition and renovation project to create a total Environment of Care. (EOC) An Environment of Care is achieved by addressing the six components that define the environment of care simultaneously. (Concepts, People, Systems, Layout/Operations, Physical Environment and Implementation)

The simultaneous integration of these components throughout the process is transformational. Understanding the relationship between these components, so that each component continuously impacts the other, results in greater efficiency in the design and construction process as well as the overall functional operation of the outcome.

Salvatore Architecture has been successfully working with their clients for over 12 years.  Their innovative approach to developing project specific teams of highly motivated, focused professionals, directly responding to the skill sets required by the client and their vision, offers a more effective and efficient alternative to the traditional legacy project delivery system.

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Salvatore Architecture has over 12 years of successful experience under the leadership of Alberto Salvatore, AIA, NCARB, EDAC.

Salvatore Architecture has over 12 years of successful experience under the leadership of Alberto Salvatore, AIA, NCARB, EDAC.


Creating supportive healthcare environments has been a focus for Alberto Salvatore for over 30 years. Alberto brings a blend of experience and innovation to Salvatore Architecture. He has proven to be a valuable contributor and facilitator of the entire project delivery process.

Our approach focuses on creating physical environments that support well being, with design based on the best available evidence to increase the likelihood of the greatest return on investment (Social, Economic and Environmental) for everyone involved.

Salvatore Architecture has the experience to work on a wide variety and scale of projects. Our business model affords the opportunity to build tailored, project specific teams that bring the attention of highly motivated, focused professionals to the clients’ goals and objectives.

Salvatore Architecture has been recognized nationally through Alberto’s work in the development of industry guidelines and innovative project delivery systems. In his collaboration with the Center for Health Design he has been a leader in the:

  • Origination of the definition of the Environment of Care (EOC) and the inclusion of this definition in the 2006 and 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. 
  • Development of the base knowledge for the Evidence Based Design (EBD) Process. (resulting in EDAC, an examination to certify evidence based practitioners.) 


Salvatore Architecture understands the residential market and has worked successfully with many clients to complete new custom designed projects and renovations or additions to existing homes.

Renovations to an existing home require a respectful approach.  Understanding the existing conditions is the basis for a successful project.

The custom design of a “home” is a special undertaking that involves a commitment to a selfless creative expression of the client’s wishes.

Custom design of homes for a specific market segment, as a speculative venture, relies on the strength of the market research, options available within that market and product availability within the location of the project.


Salvatore Architecture brings the process of Problem Based Learning to the programming, planning and design of their educational facilities. Our approach begins with working in interdisciplinary groups to first define the problem, prior to developing options that address those problems. This process increases the likelihood of creating innovative learning environments.

“Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to “learn to learn,” working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students’ curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources.”

Barbara Duch – University of Delaware


Salvatore Architecture works closely with their clients to define the “Intentional Culture” of the commercial spaces being considered. It is very important to define the relationship that these buildings will have with their surroundings, their community and the functions that they are intended to support. Flexibility and adaptability are key factors in the long term investment in these buildings.


In our approach to research spaces, Salvatore Architecture focuses on maximizing the relationship between things, “the space in-between”, as the inspiration for innovation. As research and science are moving away from totally independent programs toward the interdisciplinary world of science, we create spaces for casual interaction as well as focused research to support improvisational activities that increase the potential for collaboration that leads to innovation.