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Melissa DelVecchio

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As partner and director of research at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Melissa DelVecchio has a commitment to discovery that informs her work on academic and institutional projects.

Melissa's work synthesizes tradition and invention, building on her background in classical architecture and subsequent professional immersion into contemporary design. Her proven ability to interpret and apply time-honored principles helps the firm find new ways to reinforce the visual, cultural, and environmental influences that give places meaning. As director of the research department, she oversees the firm's comprehensive analysis of historical precedents, contemporary markets, and pedagogical outreach. 

Her projects include the Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Residential Colleges at Yale University; the first LEED Gold-certified academic building in China, a college designed to educate the next generation of global leaders; and Wasserstein Hall at the Harvard Law School, developed in collaboration with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Melissa 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. She is a member of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize jury, honoring excellence in traditional architecture with an emphasis on sustainability, and the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize jury, which awards outstanding new traditional design on the Iberian Peninsula. She has served on design juries at schools, including Yale, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Notre Dame, where her contributions to the school were recognized with the 2018 Orland T. Maione Award. Melissa has lectured extensively on the design of environments for living and learning, and in spring 2021, she will serve as the Robert A.M. Stern Visiting Professor of Classical Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.