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Machado and Silvetti, headquartered in Boston, is best known for its contemporary designs that are attached to historic settings. The firm is one of the few practices in the United States that specializes in merging innovative and contemporary agendas with historic structures and contexts.
Recent projects include a research and exhibition center within a historic landmark fort in Abu Dhabi, UAE; an entry pavilion and upgraded gallery for an 1894 McKim, Meade and White museum on the campus of Bowdoin College; and the adaptive reuse into a cultural center of the Rockefeller Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.
In a 2006 article on the firm's high-profile expansion project of the Getty Museum in California, New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti are "modernists who have a love of classicism and believe that an architect best respects history not by imitating it but by teasing its spirit into new forms."
Jorge Silvetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received his diploma in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. Mr. Silvetti's architectural practice with Rodolfo Machado began in 1974. Their firm, Machado and Silvetti Associates, LLC was incorporated in 1985. 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.