Discipline: Architecture – text

Silvia Benedito

Discipline: Architecture – text
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014

Silvia Benedito is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she teaches graduate core studios in design and representation, and serves as the co-chair of the Sensory Media Platform. She is also the co-coordinator of the Art, Design and Public Domain M.DeS. concentration.

Benedito received a degree in music and architecture from Coimbra’s Conservatory of Music and Coimbra University, before earning a post-professional degree in urban design from Harvard. Her current research is focused on the relationship between landscape and atmosphere that claim the importance of delight and well-being in the built environment. She worked as a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations where she led many public and private urban design projects and small-scale public spaces.

Benedito is also the co-principal of OFICINAA, an international award-winning architecture, landscape and urban design practice based in both Cambridge, MA, and Ingolstadt, Germany.



Silvia Benedito worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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