On Monday, September 14 at 5:00pm EDT,Melissa DelVecchio, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will discuss the development of the residential college system at Yale University and the design and construction of Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray Colleges—Yale's first new residential colleges in over fifty years. Named in honor of statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray, the civil rights activist and legal theorist who was the ﬁrst African-American to receive a JSD degree from Yale Law School, the colleges allow for a 15 percent increase in Yale’s undergraduate enrollment and play an important role in the evolution of the university’s historic campus.
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Melissa DelVecchio leads the design for many of the firm’s most complex academic and institutional projects, and directs the Research Department. Building upon her education that included an intensive study of classical architecture and a subsequent immersion into contemporary design, her work synthesizes tradition and invention, reinforcing the many visual, social, environmental, and cultural influences that give places identity and meaning. Melissa’s projects include two new residential colleges at Yale University and the first LEED Gold-certified academic building in China. She is currently working on the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Schwarzman Center at Yale, a historic Carrère & Hastings’ building that will be transformed into a social hub for the university’s students; and the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, the anchor for the University of Notre Dame’s new arts district.
Melissa is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize jury, the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize jury, and the RAMSA Travel Fellowship jury. In Spring 2021, she will serve as the Robert A.M. Stern Visiting Professor of Classical Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.
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