Michael Rotondi’s legendary Carlson-Reges House is now for sale
For the first time ever, the Carlson-Reges House designed by Michael Rotondi is up for sale. A collision of industrial materials and a 1920’s era power plant, the home is an iconic work of Los Angeles architecture that was awarded an American Institute of Architects award. It is listed for $... View full entry
One-to-One #44 with RotoLab co-founders Michael Rotondi, M A Greenstein and Nels Long
For this One-to-One, Paul and Amelia are joined in-studio with RotoLab co-founders Michael Rotondi, M A Greenstein and Nels Long. Among a variety of ventures, RotoLab has ambitions to create uniquely VR-environments for architectural education and practice, and in the process, completely upend how... View full entry
Michael Rotondi in-studio for Episode 8 of Archinect Sessions, "A Sense of Place"
Michael Rotondi joins us in-studio this week, for a special conversation with Orhan Ayyüce about architecture education and Rotondi's Los Angeles roots. Paul, Amelia, Donna and Ken also discuss ol' fashioned southern contextualism in Charleston, South Carolina, in response to Clemson University's... View full entry
Look back, move forward: Weekly News Round-Up for November 3, 2014
Friday, November 7:8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall: A 10 mile chain of balloons will line the path where the Wall previously stood, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its demolition.First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015: The Biennial's theme of "The... View full entry
Photo of the Week: Michael Rotondi and Thom Mayne
As two old friends and comrades Michael Rotondi and Thom Mayne give each other the warmest hug ever as photographed by Cal Poly Pomona student Jacklin Lee after the Neutra Award was presented to Michael Rotondi on Monday night November 3 rd. View full entry
SCI-Arc co-founder Michael Rotondi to receive Richard J. Neutra Medal at Cal Poly Pomona
Architect Michael Rotondi will receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal tonight from the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence was established to recognize the contributions that Neutra made to the practice of architecture in research and design. The Medal awards individuals for their dedication to the research and development of new environments in everyday life.
Rotondi, who is currently principal of RoTo Architects in Los Angeles, distinguished himself in architectural education when he co-founded SCI-Arc in 1972 and then later succeeded Ray Kappe as the school's director. Rotondi also previously worked in Morphosis with Thom Mayne in 1975.Learn more... View full entry
Michael Rotondi's 2012 SCI-Arc Commencement Speech
Thanks to Michael Rotondi for providing us with the transcript from his '12 SCI-Arc commencement speech, and thanks to Orhan for bringing it to our attention. --- Now and Then The Upside of Evolution Good afternoon everyone – My name is Michael Rotondi aka Roto Parents, relatives... View full entry
Michael Rotondi on the design of sacred spaces
The practical problem to solve in meditation space is making it as quiet as possible, making the architecture as quiet as possible. The architecture has to come to rest if you want the mind to come to rest. And the architecture has to be, doesn’t have to be, but it’s best if it’s holding you to the ground as opposed to ascension.
— Metropolis Magazine
Metropolis conducts a Q&A with Michael Rotondi on the design of sacred spaces. What he says is a beautiful way to look at architecture, meditative space and ourselves. View full entry
Review: Carlson-Reges House, RoTo Architects
Built 1992-onward in Los Angeles by RoTo Architects, Carlson-Reges House is an inimitable masterpiece.Its architect Michael Rotondi describes the building as if various parts piled on top each other like children construct their building piece by piece, one component supporting the other one... View full entry
Sketchbooks of RoTo
My ideal workspace is wherever I am when a thought or an image comes to mind and I can sit with my sketchbook. I have always carried a notebook with me, for at least thirty years. This hand to paper, mediated by my fountain pen or RoTo pencils, switches on my mind and focuses my attention. As I draw or write, all of my senses become more acute—apprehending everything around me more clearly and precisely.
A paradox, but true.
— Lifework - Herman Miller
Cal Poly Pomona ENV40 Celebration
Event includes panel discussions featuring leaders of the environmental design professions including: Marvin J. Malecha, Ray Kappe, Richard Chylinski, Frank Clementi, Stefanos Polyzoides, Deborah Sussman, Michael Rotondi, Ken Smith, Rick Bishop, and Lorraine Wild.
— 40th Anniversary Party for the College of Environmental Design
SCHEDULE OF ENV 40 PANELS, Saturday April 16th 201110 – 11 am: The early years Dean Emeritus Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, 2009 President of the American Institute of ArchitectsProfessor Emeritus Ray Kappe, FAIA, former Chair of the Architecture Department (who went on to found... View full entry