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2011 Lecture : Michael Rotondi

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Michael Rotondi is recognized as an innovative architect/educator. He has practiced and taught architecture for 30 years, and has always been based in Los Angeles, co-founding 2 international practices, first as a partner of Morphosis, (1975-1991) and RoTo Architects (1991-present). He was a co-founder and for ten years (1987-1997) the second Director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He is currently on the Board of Trustees and a Distinguished Faculty.

His research and work as a trans-disciplinary educator-practitioner, has given him the insights that are essential to an open-minded approach to envisioning new directions, solving complex problems at any scale (object-building-city), working with a diversity of people in unique ways, many of whom are at the frontiers of their particular fields, and testing ideas in real time. Projects range from contemplative and cultural, to commercial and civic.

He works as a practitioner, an educator, education consultant, and an organizational meta-planner. Among his many awards are the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, received in 1992, and the AIA/LA Gold Medal for his contributions as a Practitioner and Educator, received in 2009. The works have been published widely and he has lectured and taught throughout the world, for many years.


The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in Lot R5 and the Flint Avenue Parking Facility.


This lecture is sponsored by the College of Architecture's 2010-2011 lecture series, Material Ecologies.


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