Cultural Politics and the Space of Learning: The Vietnamese-German University
A Max Abramovitz Endowed Lecture
Rodolfo Machado was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1942 and is a citizen of the United States, where he has resided since 1968. Rodolfo received his Diploma in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1967. During the academic year 1967-68, he studied urban design at the Centre de Recherche d’Urbanisme, in Paris, France and in 1971 received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he continued doctoral studies in architectural theory until 1973. Rodolfo practiced architecture in San Francisco, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before associating with Jorge Silvetti in 1974 with whom he incorporated Machado Silvetti in 1985.
In addition to his architectural practice, Rodolfo has been a member of the Harvard University faculty since 1986, where he was Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design from 1986 to 2010, chaired the Department of Urban Planning and Design from 2004 to 2009 and is currently Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design, Emeritus. Rodolfo has conducted seminars, lectured and has been a visiting critic at many schools of architecture in this country and abroad. 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.
Most notably, Rodolfo has been Bishop Professor of Architecture at Yale University, Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University, Jean Labatut Professor of Urbanism at Princeton University and Thomas Jefferson Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia. Rodolfo 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.