Silvia Illia-Sheldahl was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Catolica de Cordoba in 2000. In 2008, she continued her studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where she earned her Masters in Architecture.
Currently, Silvia works at Utile as a senior project designer. Prior to Utile, Silvia gained experience in institutional and healthcare-related projects at Rothman Partners Architects, Inc.; multifamily residential and retail and commercial projects at Merge Architects; and single-family residential design at Brian Healy Architects. At Merge Silvia worked as project designer on several award-winning projects, including Miniluxe, Penn Lofts, and Vicky Lee’s bakery & café. Since joining Utile, Silvia has served as senior project designer for the Mattahunt Elementary School renovation , the Eplus competition(winning entry) and several master plan/feasibility studies for cultural and educational institution(Tufts University, De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park,etc)
She currently teaches fundamentals of representation at NEU. She has previously taught rendering and visualization and the B2 studios at the Boston Architectural College with Paxton Sheldahl. She also taught Career Discovery program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.Silvia has served on reviews at the GSD, BAC, Suffolk, and Roger Williams School of Architecture.
Her research work was part of the exhibit for GSD Global Redesign Conference, directed by Toshiko Mori, and her studio work has been included in two studio publications, Unam Decentral Library and Traces Studio in Armenia. Silvia and Elizabeth Timme self-published a book called How to Survive (as an architect), which was on exhibit at the GSD in 2009. Her photographic work for Elizabeth Whittaker and Brian Healy has been published in Architecture Boston, Architectural Record, and Commonplaces among others architectural publications.