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Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti

 

Rodolfo Machado
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Rodolfo Machado was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he received his Diploma in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He studied urban design at the Centre de Recherche d'Urbanisme, in Paris, France and continued studies at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his Master of Architecture degree and pursuing postgraduate work in the area of architectural theory and criticism. Mr. Machado’s architectural practice with Jorge Silvetti began in 1974. Their firm, Machado and Silvetti Associates, was incorporated in 1985. An architecture and urban design firm known for distinctive spaces and unique works of architecture in the United States and abroad, Machado and Silvetti Associates has completed projects of diverse size and scope.

Notable office projects in which Mr. Machado served as design principal include, among others: graduate student housing for Harvard University; a residential college for Rice University; a parking structure and dormitory for Princeton University; Atelier 505, a luxury mixed-use building in Boston’s South End; the Hassayampa Academic Village, a living and learning facility for 2,000 students at Arizona State University in Tempe; and the Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City. Mr. Machado has designed master plans for Princeton University, the American University of Beirut, Dewey Square in Boston and the St. Alban’s School for Boys in the District of Columbia. Ongoing projects include: a new building for the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, the Mint Museums in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an expansion to the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

A member of the Harvard University faculty since 1986, Mr. Machado is a Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design and currently chairs the Department of Urban Planning and Design. He has taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he chaired the Department of Architecture from 1978 until 1986. Mr. Machado has conducted seminars, lectured, and has been a visiting critic at many schools of architecture in this country and abroad.  Most notably he has been Jean Labatut Professor of Urbanism at Princeton University, Thomas Jefferson Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia, Bishop Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University.

Mr. Machado has served as a juror for a number of national and international competitions and prizes. In 1995, he curated an exhibition entitled “Monolithic Architecture” at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. His drawings and projects have been extensively published and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world

Jorge Silvetti
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Jorge Silvetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received his diploma in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. He continued studies at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his Master of Architecture degree and pursuing post graduate work in the area of architectural theory and criticism. Mr. Silvetti’s architectural practice with Rodolfo Machado began in 1974. Their firm, Machado and Silvetti Associates, was incorporated in 1985. An architecture and urban design firm known for distinctive spaces and unique works of architecture in the United States and abroad, Machado and Silvetti Associates has completed projects of diverse size and scope.

Notable office projects in which Mr. Silvetti served as design principal include, among others: the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library; the adaptive reuse of the Rockefeller Stone Barns in upstate New York; the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon; an addition to the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; the expansion of the Bowdoin College Art Museum in Brunswick, Maine; and the Getty Villa, a center for the study and conservation of classical art in Malibu, California. Ongoing projects include: a public plaza and archeological park in downtown Beirut, Lebanon; the Mystic Seaport New North End in Mystic, Connecticut; and the Center for Visual Arts at Dartmouth College.

Since 1975, he has taught architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, where he became Professor of Architecture in Design and Design Theory in 1983, was Director of the Master of Architecture program from 1985 to 1989, and was named Nelson Robinson, Jr. Professor of Architecture in 1990. From 1995-2002, he chaired the Department of Architecture at Harvard, where he continues to teach. He also has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University, the Polytechnic Institute of Zurich, the University of Palermo, Sicily and Nihon University, Tokyo.

In addition to his architectural practice and teaching responsibilities, Mr. Silvetti served as a juror for the Pritzker Architectural Prize from 1996 to 2004 and regularly serves on juries for architectural competitions and awards. Mr. Silvetti was the first person to receive Progressive Architecture awards in all three categories of architecture, urban design, and research. He was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome for the year 1985-86. Mr. Silvetti’s writings have appeared in numerous architectural and urban design magazines, including: Oppositions, Controspazio, Daidalos, Metamorfosi, Harvard Architectural Review, and Assemblage.


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