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 formed a practice with Rodolfo Machado in 1974, formally incorporating in 1985.
In addition to his architectural practice, Mr. Silvetti has served as a juror for the Pritzker Architectural Prize since 1996, and in 2000 he became a juror for the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Latin American Architecture. In total, he has received ten Progressive Architecture awards—many in collaboration with Rodolfo Machado—and was the first person to receive awards in all three categories (architecture, urban design, and research). Mr. Silvetti's writings have appeared in numerous architectural and urban design magazines, including Oppositions, Controspazio, Daidalos, Metamorfosi, Harvard Architectural Review, and Assemblage.
Mr. Silvetti 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. Since 1975, he has taught architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, where he became tenured 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 has also been appointed to the Art of the Ancient World Visiting Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.