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Introduction

RoTo Architects was founded in January 1992.
It was an outgrowth of another practice, Morphosis, that I had started with a close friend, in 1975, and continued working with until the end of 1991. The body of worked produced during that period is well published. We started a practice and with some other friends, started a school, SCI-ARC. This partnership was very productive in many ways, teaching, researching, designing, and building.

The new practice’s mission has been continuity from past to present, while integrating a teacher-practitioner’s expanding field of trans-disciplinary interests, within and beyond architecture. In particular, our investigations are informed by the dynamic relationships of conservation and change, socio-cultural evolution of the city, the simultaneity of process, order, and unity, and the symbiotic coupling of society, environment, and economy. The broadest question framing these investigations and directing the design research is,
“what is the architectural equivalent of this?”

Since its founding, RoTo has developed collaborative working relationships with a wide range of clients who operate at the frontiers of their particular fields, including Civic, Business, Education, Government, Religious, Science, and Culture Production. The unique interests of, and relationships with these clients have led to large and diverse body of work, where different ways of solving problems, managing resources, making architecture, or re-defining strategic objectives are explored. This leads to solutions that are unique and inevitable, functionally, economically, and aesthetically. We have a signature process but do not have a signature style nor do we specialize in project types although we have the knowledge and experience of experts. This allows us to be open to new ways of thinking about, site challenges, diverse demographics, changing market forces, and diminishing resources.

We begin each project sitting around a 5m long table covered with a continuous scroll of paper, talking and drawing until a coherent approach emerges in a diagrammatic ‘mind map.’ We then develop the ideas into alternative schemes using multi-media. Working with staff and clients at the table is conducive to more ‘horizontal’ creative collaborations and ongoing analysis and critique of the work. This eventually leads us to an optimum solution, which is developed and implemented. We cooperate with each other and compete against a standard. In practice and teaching we discovered this is effective, efficient, and enabling process for everyone involved. In our own ways, we can all be teachers. This is the way of Aikido, the martial art. How we interact is the difference. We learn in proportion to our capacity to listen. as if you are hearing something for the first time. This is the precondition to being surprised by hearing the unexpected things you may hear. This is the essence of creative dialogue.

RoTo has envisioned and built a wide range of project types of varying scope and complexity. In addition to architectural design and city scale, urban design, RoTo services include strategic consulting to commercial clients, non-profit organizations, education and campus planning, planning and design of rural communities, and cultural conservation.

Our Story (Part II)
It is a gift to be an architect, and it is a gift to be a teacher.
I have done both for an equal number of years so they have equal standing.
They are two symbiotic parts of one practice.
The teaching is for pure and applied research and the practice is the laboratory for taking the ideas into the world to test them ‘full size in real time.’ In a teaching venue we can speculate on what we think would be beneficial to the evolution of society, the city, and Architecture.

Understanding the implications of time scales and structures is important. “Is it possible to set long term strategies in a short cycle world?” What may seem best for investors, reacting to the short cycles of finance, may not necessarily be beneficial for the longer life cycles buildings and cities. Endurance has value.

The unique interests of our clients may require different ways of conceptualizing and solving problems, managing resources, and making architecture. An open minded approach often leads to solutions that are both inevitable, functionally, economically, and aesthetically.

As young architects, we had more ideas than buildings, so as teachers, we invented projects to test these ideas and to teach the students. The City was our laboratory and Architecture was the subject of our experiments. The complexity of the problems we invented, were in proportion to the depth of our imaginations, the range of our knowledge, and our confidence. We were fearless.

These projects always incorporated the core principles that were ‘on the table for discussion’ in the 70’s and 80’s, society, environment, and economy (of means.) We worked on our selves, our projects, and the school simultaneously. We began to realize who we were and what we made were one and the same. ‘It was all one thing’ Architecture was searching for a new identity in the 70’s and so were we, individually and as a school. Los Angeles, with it’s unorthodox hybrid culture seemed to be the place to experiment with making and meaning, materials and technology, and the phenomenology of experience. Architecture would be our window into ‘wonderland.’

We also wanted to bring Architecture to people and organizations who often had to accept less. We became social entrepreneurs. We began working with non-profits with a vision. One’s that served society, focusing on the arts, the humanities, education, spiritual insight, and environment. We also began working with private foundations searching for the most appropriate place to leverage their financial capital to yield greater social capital. This is a significant part of our practice. So our practice extends for commerce to the contemplative.

Why I became an Architect. (Part III)
I love to imagine new ‘worlds’ and new ways to enter them.
I love to let others into my world and so they can make it theirs.
I love to make things.
I love to solve problems.
I love the creative process—either talking, drawing, or building.
I love working with other people and
I love to contribute to the problem of humanity.
I was so proud to be an architect, (I still am,)
I wanted everyone to know,
  -not to get work, but to talk about everything on my mind, and
  -how architecture could make our world better.
I believed this then—and now.

Our curiosity was unbounded,
we wanted to know everything about everything,
how did anything we focused on become what it was?.............................process
what were the inter-relationships of all of the parts within the whole?........order
what brought these parts together and kept them so?............................unity
what was the architectural equivalent these ideas?.............................conversion
we would think, talk, and draw for hours on end. We still do.

We learned to use our hands before we knew what we were doing..................intuition
We believed that anything imaginable is possible – (still do)..................beginners mind
We believed that the ultimate test of an idea was to build it and..............evolution
We were fortunate from an early age to build...................................grace
We learned how to talk people into doing more than they expected
or sometimes more than they thought they wanted to do,
but in the end they were pleased. We were irrepressible.
We would say—“if others could see what we see, they would always agree”
this was said mostly out of a sincere belief in our role in the evolutionary
scheme of life with a bit of youthful arrogance, we believed in the promise
of Architecture.

We wanted to make things, wanted to see and inhabit the imaginary worlds we conjured in our minds and unequivocally believed that downloading ideas made room for the next one— We learned that creativity exists in a context and it unfolds. We paid attention so we did not miss any of the ‘mysteries that may be revealed. The higher our state of concentration, the more we saw.
Doing Architecture is not easy. Different opinions, impatience, political opposition, it is a gauntlet, but I’ve always been positive and seen the ‘glass half full’ — Now I can say that it is a pilgrimage that is worth the wait and compared to geologic time, the time it takes to make Architecture—is no time at all—my impatience sometimes gets in the way but my love of people and my love of teaching, is my leverage to overcome almost any type of resistance there is.

I came into the world sooner and smaller than my mother expected—so I spent the first 3 months of life in a glass bubble—an incubator, a space within a space. I was both a participant and an observer. I realized some years later that this was an excellent way to transition from the unconditional universe of floating, almost weightlessly, in my mother’s womb, tied with an umbilical to another, in what is a perfect relationship, into a world, regulated by gravity and resistance – and in the case of my family, lots of noise, that I landed well the first time and many times since then.
I believe I have been most fortunate to have spent quality time with some others, doing quality work
  -clients who became friends,
  -friends who became collaborators and
  -collaborators who became (even the younger ones) my teachers.

I’ve learned a lot from the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met and who have cared to let me become a part of their world.

Architecture can be a pretext for generating and sustaining relationships.
Architecture is a maximum act of resistance to entropy.
Architecture is the third skin.
Architecture is a medium for teaching and learning
Architecture’s medium is space and spatial intelligence is born out of spatial not verbal experience

The End
Los Angeles
2010

Michael Rotondi’s Curricula Vitae
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Michael Rotondi,FAIA              2009 AIA Gold Medal
Principal                     This award is given in recognition of a
RoTo Architects, Inc.         significant body of work of lasting influence
b. Los Angeles 1949           on the theory and practice of architecture.

 

Practice
                   1995 - Present
                  RoTo Architects, Inc.
                  Principal

                  1991 - 1995
                  ROTO ndi
                  Principal

                  1976 - 1991
                  Morphosis
                  Co-founding Partner
                                               
                  1973 - 1976
                  WORKS WEST DMJM

 

Education
                  California State Polytechnic University, 1968-1971
                  Southern California Institute of Architecture
                           Thesis:  Sequoyah Education Research Center

                  "Correlation Between Architecture and Education Theory"
                           Diploma, 1973
                  Progressive Architecture Citation, 1974

 

Registrations
                  NCARB, California, New Jersey, Nevada,
                  Massachusetts, South Dakota, Arizona

 

Teaching
                  1972 - Present
                  Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
                           Co-Founding Member of the Institute
                           Student, First Graduating Class, 1973
                           Faculty, 1976
                           Graduate Program Chair, 1978-1987
                           Established Graduate Program
                           Director of the Institute, 1987-1997
                           Board of Directors, 1984-present
                                         
                   2002-2005
                  Brown-Foreman Chair
                           For Urban Design
                           University of Kentucky, Lexington
                                         
                  1999-Present
                  Arizona State University
                           Professor of Architecture

 

Visiting Faculty
                  Savannah College of Art and Design, 2009
                  Kyoto Seika University, 2009
                  Cranbrook University, 2008
                  Auburn University, 2008
                  University of Detroit - Mercy, 2007
                  University of Oklahoma, 2006
                  University of Virginia, 2005
                           Shure Chair
                  University of Michigan, 2004
                           Chair
                  Prairie View A&M University, 2002
                  Texas A&M University, 2003
                  University of Kentucky, 2003-2006
                           Brown-Forman Chair
                  University of Michigan, 2003
                           Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor
                  University of Pennsylvania, 1999
                           Chair
                  University of Denmark, Aarhus, 1998
                  University of Texas at Austin, Ruth Carter Stevenson                                                       Regents Chair in Architecture, 1997-1998
                  University of Michigan,
                           Visiting Critic from Practice, 1997
                  Sinte Gleska University Housing Graduate Studio, 1997
                  Helsinki Technical Institute, 1993-1998
                           Visiting Faculty and Advisory Board
                  University of Oregon, 1993
                  Princeton University, 1992-1996
                  University of Moscow, 1988-1990
                  University of Minnesota, 1988
                  Columbia University, 1986
                  University of California, Los Angeles, 1986
                  University of Pennsylvania, 1985
                  University of Texas at Austin, 1984

 

Adjudicator

                  2010
                  Open International Competition on the Development
                  of an Architectural Concept for an International Business Center
                  with an International Hotel in the City of Yerevan Juror
                           Yerevan, Armenia January 21-24

                  2007
                  AIA, Education Honors Awards Jury
                           Washington, DC February 12

                  2006
                  GSA Federal Peer Review, US Courthouse
                  AIA San Diego Young Architect of the Year Award Jury


                  2005
                  Salvation Army Chicago Jury, September 7-10               
                  Flight 93 National Memorial Jury, January 23-26

                  2004
                  AIA, Southeast Juror, May 22
                  GSA Federal Peer Review, Austin, TX.
                           US Courthouse, April 13,

                  2002 
                  Architecture Magazine House Awards Juror, July 24-25
                  AIA Nebraska Chapter’s Awards Program, July 28-30
                  Awake Conference, February 7-9
                  GSA Juror for the New Federal Courthouse in Las Cruces, NM., February 4,

                  2001           
                  Aspen Design Conference International, Aspen, CO, August

                  2000        
                  GSA Federal Design Excellence Program: National Register
                           of Peer Reviewers; GSA Design Awards

                  1999           
                  University of Colorado at Denver

                  1996
                  AIA/LA Next LA Awards, October
                  S.O.M. Traveling Fellowship Competition, San Francisco, California, May/June

                  1995        
                  AIA Central States Regional Awards of Excellence,                            
                           Seattle, Washington, September 21,

                  1994      
                  AIA Awards Iowa

                  1993
                  Chrysler AIA Awards, Inaugural, Chicago AIA

                  1992
                  National Architectural Education Institute, Paris Prize

                  1991 
                  Urban Renaissance Competition, Nagasaki, Japan
                  Chicago AIA Awards
                  Burnham Prize/Prix de Rome

                  1990
                  Dupont Industrial Design Competition
                           USA - USSR International Exhibition

                  1989          
                  S.O.M. Foundation Fellowships

                  1988
                  New York AIA Awards
                           LA Gateway
                           Rome Prize Competition

                  1987
                  LYCEUM

                  1985
                  San Diego, AIA Awards

 

Civic
                  2006                
                  Drive-by Shooting: April Greiman Digital Photography
                           Panel Discussion, September 20
                  Fuzzy Activism- Social Practice in Los Angeles
                           Panel Discussion
                  University of Kentucky
                           College of Design Visiting Committee
                       
                  2005           
                  Orange County Great Park
                           Design Jury       
                  Chicago Salvation Army
                           Design Jury, September 7-10

                  2004         
                  Ari Bhod Foundation for Tibetan Cultural
                           Advisory Board

                  2003          
                  Academy of Art University, San Francisco,
                           Advisory Board

                  2002         
                  IDCA/Aspen Design Conference Board

                  1998          
                  Woodbury University, Burbank, California,
                           Interior Design Advisory Board, 1998-present

                  1997
                  California Institute of Design and Digital Arts
                           Advisory Board, 1997
                  College Art Association Host Committee, 1997-present
                  Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
                           Competition Juror Coordinator

                  1996
                  Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Progressive L.A.: Architecture”, Moderator, August 28
                  MAK Center, Los Angeles, California, “The Havana Project
                           Roundtable Discussion”, Moderator, April 15
                  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan,
                          “Re-Inventing Practice”, March 16
                  Functional Art Show Committee, Los Angeles, California,

                  1995          
                  ACSA Administrators’ Conference, Milwaukee,
                           Wisconsin, November 18-20
                  Beaux Arts Ball, SFMOMA, San Francisco,
                           Honorary Chairman, California
                       
                  1994          
                  AFI/Kauai Summer Institute Symposium,
                          “Imaging the Future:  The Effect of the Digital
                           Revolution on Design”, July 21-24

                  1993          
                  Helsinki Institute of Technology, Helsinki, Finland,
                  Symposium on Architectural Education, February

                  1992
                  University of California at Santa Barbara, Albert Frey,
                           Architect Symposium, March 6
                  Architectural Association School of Architecture,
                           London, England, External Examiner
                       
                  1991         
                  Princeton University School of Architecture
                           Advisory Council, Princeton, New Jersey, 1991 - 1996
                  Japan Architects Holiday Design Workshop, Nagasaki, Japan,
                           Nagasaki - An Urban Renaissance
                  Institute for Creative Thinking, Member 1991 - Present

                  1990          
                  Aspen Design Conference Board of Directors

                  1989          
                  Neuroscience’s and Eastern Meditative Practices Tutorial
                           for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Observer
                  The Relationship Between Art and Architecture - Workshop 1 & 2,
                           Weisman Art Foundation, January 21-22 and July 20
                  Walker Art Center, Synthesis: Architecture Craftsmanship and Design, June 23-24

                  1988         
                  Walker Art Center, Architecture As Sculpture Symposium, September
                  Mayor of Los Angeles Design Advisory Board 1988 - Present
                 “Perestroika: USA/USSR”, Principal Presenter, Telluride, Colorado

 

Lectures

                  2010        
                  Target, Minneapolis, Minnesota
                          “Beginner's Mind" Guest Lecturer for Design Week, October 20
                  St. John's Abbey, Minneapolis, Minnesota
                          “ACS Conference Lecture", June 18

                  2009        
                  Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
                          "SCAD Lecture", October 20
                  Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan
                          “Kyoto Lecture", October 12
                  Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
                          “Hybrid of Extremes", March 4
                  Cranbrook University, Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan
                          “No-D", October 6                   
                  Valley Summit, Burbank, CA,
                          “From the Inside Out", February 12        

                  2008       
                  2A International Conference, Dubai, UAE,
                          “Boutique City: Designing for Sale"
                          "Things We May Forget", November 17               
                  McGill University, Montreal, Canada
                          David J. Azrieli Lecture in Architecture
                          "On Practice", October 20 

                  2007        
                  Torcuato di Tella University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
                          "Hybrids of Extreme", December 10
                  Taliesin West, Scottdale, AZ
                          Frank Llyod Wright 75th Anniversary, guest speaker, November 8
                  City College of New York, New York, NY, November 1
                  University of Detroit, Mercy, Detroit, MI, January 31

                  2006        
                  Molly Barnes Presents
                          "Stillpoints," Ambrose Hotel, Santa Monica, CA, November 19
                  Southern California Institute of Architecture
                          “Stillpoints Conversation" with Eric Owen Moss, October 4
                  Black Rock Design Institute, AIA Nevada
                           Keynote Speaker, March 9

                  2005        
                  AIA Ohio
                           Keynote Speaker, September 17
              
                                               
                  2004          
                  Palm Springs Desert Museum, Desert Edge Symposium
                          “In Between”  March 20, 2004
                  AIA Orange County, Keynote Speaker
                          “Rotoworks”  April 20, 2004
                  California State University Long Beach,
                          “The Creative Moment”, Teaching and Lecture, April 29-30, 2004
                  AIA Seattle, CSI Convention, Seattle, WA
                          “Thinking and Making”  May 20, 2004

                  2003        
                  University of Michigan
                          “Projects”  September 5
                  University of Houston, Commencement Address
                          “Time Present” May 10
                  University of Kentucky
                          “On Louisville” April 7
                  Lucy Daniels Foundation
                          “Personal Architecture and Psychoanalysis” April 5

                  2002         
                  Merton Retreat 2002: Spirituality and the Environmnet, June 2002
                  AIA Orange County, Fall 2002
                  Texas A & M University, Fall 2002
                  Los Feliz Libary Architectural Series, Los Feliz, CA
                          “Neighborhood Influences on Architecture” April 18
                  National Building Museum Panel Discussion
                           Washington, DC “Re-Imagining Ground Zero” April 7

                  2001          
                  City College of New York, New York, NY, November 29
                  Portland State University, Portland, OR, November 15
                  Washington University, St. Louis, MO, April 3 
                                                                                   
                  2000         
                  UCLA, Los Angeles, California, November 6
                  Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, October 26
                  Spirit of the Senses, Phoenix, Arizona
                          “RoTo Works”, October 20
                  California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California
                          “RoTo Works”, October 9
                  ELEA 2000, Los Angeles, California, October 3
                  International Design Conference, Aspen, Colorado, June 14
                  Downtown Solutions Conference, Salem, Oregon, April 27-18
                  4th VA Design Forum, Virginia Tech University, March

                  1999          
                  Spirit of the Senses, Phoenix, Arizona
                          “RoTo Works”, October 20
                  Pratt University, Brooklyn, New York
                          “RoTo Works:”, November 8
                  Metropolis, Wonderbrands West Convention, San Francisco, California
                          “RoTo Works”, November 12
                  Festival of the Faiths, Louisville, KY
                          “RoTo Works, November 20
                  University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
                          “RoTo Works”, Spring
                  University of Southern California, LA, California
                          “RoTo Works”, November 17
                  Polytechnic Univeristy of Puerto Rico, San Juan
                          “RoTo Works, October 9
                  Mundaneum 99, San Jose, Costa Rica,
                          “RoTo Works, July 2
                  AIA Western Mountain Region Conference.
                           Tucson, Arizona, August 28
                  University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado,
                          “RoTo Works”, March 8
                  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 26
                  Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia,
                          “RoTo Works”, February 17
                  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                  1998                
                  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia,
                           Dean’s Forum Lecturer
                          “The Teaching Practice”, November 6
                  Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana,
                          “The Teaching Practice” (with Clark Stevens), October
                  Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Keynote Speaker,
                          “The Teaching Practice”, October 29-30
                  AIA Kentucky State Convention, Lexington, Kentucky,
                           Keynote Speaker
                          “A Redefining of Practice: The Architect as Teacher
                           and Advocate”, October 23
                  AIA Arkansas State Convention, Fort Smith, Arkansas,
                           Keynote Speaker
                          “The Teaching Practice”, October 18
                  Aarhus, Denmark
                          “Body-Spirit-Technology/Technic”, October 7
                  Woodbury University, Burbank, California
                          “The Teaching Practice”, September 24
                  Masters of Architecture, Los Angeles County Museum
                           of Art, Los Angeles, California
                          “RoTo Works”, May 21
                  Texas A&M University, Texas
                          “RoTo Works”, April 30
                  NeoCon West, Los Angeles, California
                          “RoTo Works”, March 19
                  University of Texas at Austin Charles Moore House, Austin, Texas
                          “RoTo Works”, February 18

                  1997         
                  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
                          “RoTo Works”, December 10
                  Affiliates of the Central Arizona and Rio Salado AIA Chapters
                           Phoenix, Arizona
                          “RoTo Works”, November 20
                  AIA Colorado Design Conference, Denver, Colorado
                          “Compassionate Planning and Technology”, October
                  California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
                          “ROTO WORKS”, October 15
                  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                          “ROTO WORKS”, October 6
                  Woodbury University, Los Angeles, California
                          “ROTO WORKS”, September 25
                  Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, California
                          “Merging Two Realities”, April 9
                  Desert Design Market and Conference, Phoenix, Arizona,
                           Keynote Speaker
                          “Strategic Collaborations”, April 2
                  American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
                           Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas
                          “Architecture: Material and Imagined”, March 16

                  1996         
                  Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
                          “Merging Two Realities” (with Clark Stevens), October 18
                  University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California
                          “Merging Two Realities”, September 25
                  Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland
                          “Merging Two Realities”, May
                  Los Angeles Fin de Siglo International Conference,
                           Milan, Italy
                          “My Work in Los Angeles Since 1970”, April 29-30
                  Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
                          “Merging Two Realities”, March 18
                  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan,
                          “Merging Two Realities”, March 16
                  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
                          “Merging Two Realities”, February 15
                  Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
                          “RoTo Works”, January 22
                  Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi
                          “RoTo Works”, January 11

                  1995         
                  ACSA Administrators’ Conference,
                          “RoTo Works”
                           Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 18-20
                  Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
                          “RoTo Works”, November  29
                  Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
                          “Merging Two Realities”, October 3
                  SCI-Arc, Vico, Morcote, Switzerland
                          “RoTo Works I”, October
                  MAK, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, May 18
                  Catholic University, Washington, DC,
                          “Merging Two Realities” (with Clark Stevens), April
                  Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, March 27

                  1994         
                  Iowa AIA Fall Convention, September 29
                  American Film Institute, Conference on Digital Media,
                           Kauai, Hawaii, July 5
                  Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, October
                  Ohio State University, April 6
                  Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California,
                          “The Future: Functional or Fanciful?’, March
                  Ecole d’ Architecture de Bordeaux, March
                  University of Utah, “A Brief History of My Time”, February 18

                  1993         
                  Nihon University, “Into The Work”
                  Japan Society on Shin Takamatsu
                  University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
                  Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia,
                  Texas Technology University, Lubbock, Texas
                  CCAIA Monterey Design Conference, March 20

                  1992        
                  SCI-Arc, “A Brief History of My Time”, Santa Monica, California
                  Sacramento AIA, “A Brief History of My Time”
                  University of Waterloo, “Current Research 3”
                  Ontario Association of Architects, “Current Research 4”, Convention 92’
                  University of Texas, The Dallas Museum of Art Theater,                                                                       “Personal Becoming Public”
                  Yokohama Design Conference, “Current Research 1”

                  1991         
                  Long Beach State University Design Forum
                  Notre Dame University
                  Japan Institute of Architects Convention, Nagasaki,
                          “Contemporary Practice and Education”
                  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
                          “Mapping the Territory”, Isozaki, One Vector
                  Wisconsin AIA State Convention, Keynote,
                          “In the Vortex”
                  Princeton University, “Towards the Imaginary Vortex”
                  University of New Mexico, Lawrence Licth Memorial Lecture
                          “Towards the Imaginary Vortex”
                  University of Idaho

                  1990        
                  Pratt Institute
                  AIA National Convention, Keynote
                  Lighting Institute of America, Los Angeles, California
                  Pacific Design Center Westweek, “Creative Interactions”
                  Order of Quebec Architects, Keynote

                  1989        
                  Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
                  Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana
                  Lawrence Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

                  1988        
                  AIA, Colorado, Colorado Springs, Keynote
                  Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
                  University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
                  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
                  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington      

                  1987         
                  AIA Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
                  Alcan Lecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
                  California State University at San Luis Obispo
                  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
                  University of California at Los Angeles, California
                  Architectural Association, London, England
                  International Architecture Series, Sydney, Australia
                  Lawrence Institute, Detroit, Michigan
                  SCI-Arc, Vico, Morcote, Switzerland
                  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                  Colorado State Convention, Keynote
                                               
                  1986         
                  Dallas Museum of Modern Art, Texas
                  Stadelscgule Fur Bildende Kunste, Frankfurt
                  Washington Alexandria Center, Washington DC
                  University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
                                                           
                  1985      
                  University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
                  Shibaura Institute, Tokyo, Japan, “Current Works”
                  Tekko Kaikan, Osaka, Japan, “Morphosis, Current Obsessions”
                       
                  1985         
                  University of Southern California, Los Angeles
                  AIA San Diego, California
                  University of California, Berkeley
                  University of Texas, Austin

                  1983         
                  University of California at Los Angeles, California
                  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                  Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
                  The Architectural League, New York
                  Western Edition, San Francisco, California                              
                       
                  1982         
                  Monterey Design Conference, California
                  Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
                                         
                  1980         
                  SCI-Arc, Santa Monica, California

                  1978        
                  AIA Regional Conference, Newport Beach, California
                  Western Edition, San Francisco, California

 

Professional Honors

                  2010              
                  International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
                  Award for Re-envisioned Shopping Environment
                  Boxx City (Dare to Be Square)
                  Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award for Retail, Madame Tussauds
                  Hollywood Arts Council Architectural Arts Charlie Award, Madame Tussauds

                  2009               
                  Southern California Development Forum (SCDF)
                  Award for Design, Madame Tussauds
                  AIA/LA Award, Gold Medal Award

                  2008
  
                  Los Angeles Business Council, Community Impact
                  Award, CD7 Neighborhood City Hall

                  2007               
                  AIACC Design Awards, Merit Award, Architecture and Art Building, Prairie View A&M University
                  AIALA Award, Twenty-Five Year Award, 2-4-6-8 House

                  2005               
                  AIALA Award, Citation Award, Prairie View A&M University
                  AIALA Award, Citation Award, CD7 Neighborhood City Hall
                  Concrete Masonry Design Awards, La Jolla Playhouse
                           Merit Award

                  2002         
                  AIA CC, View Silo House
                  Wood Design Award, View Silo Houe
                       
                  1999         
                  AIA National Design Award, Carlson-Reges Residence

                  1998        
                  AIACC Design Award, Warehouse C
                  AIACC Design Award, Teiger House
                  American Institute of Architects Excellence in Education
                           Achievement Award

                  1997         
                  American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
                           Inducted for Design and Education                    
                                                           
                  1996         
                  American Wood Council’s Wood Design Award,
                           Merit Award Nicola Restaurant
                  AIALA Award, Honor Award Carlson-Reges Residence
                           Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Sinte Gleska University                  
                  AIACC Award, Merit Award Carlson-Reges Residence

                  1995         
                  AIACC Award, Merit Award
                  Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
                  Sunset Magazine Honor Award, Carlson-Reges Residence
                  LA Business Council Urban Beautification Award,
                           Nicola Restaurant
                  Los Angeles Architectural Foundation,
                          “LA Winners” Award

                  1994         
                  AIACC Award, Honor Award Nicola Restaurant
                  AIA Certificate of Appreciation

                  1993         
                  Progressive Architecture
Award
                           Citation Circolo Restaurant

                  1992         
                  American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Architecture
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           CDLT 1,2 House Addition

                  1991         
                  AIACC Award, Salick Health Care Corporate Headquarters
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Yuzen Vintage Car Museum

                  1990         
                  AIACC Award, Politix Retail Stores
                  Interior Award, Leon Max Showroom
                  AIACC Award, Leon Max Showroom
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Arts Park Performing Pavilion
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Higashi Azabu Tower

                  1989        
                  AIACC Award, Merit Award
                           Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center
                  Progressive Architecture Award,
                           Arts Park Performing Arts Pavilion
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Crawford Residence
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Higashi Azabu Tower

                  1988         
                  AIALA Award, Merit Award
                  Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center
                  AIACC Award, Merit Award Kate Mantilini Restaurant
                  National AIA Award, Honor Award
                           Kate Mantilini Restaurant
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           6th Street Residence
                                         
                  1987         
                  AIALA Award, Honor Award 6th Street Residence
                  AIALA Award, Merit Award Kate Mantilini Restaurant
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Kate Mantilini
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Prototypical Hamburger Stand

                  1986         
                  AIALA Award, Merit Award Angeli Restaurant
                  National AIA Award, Honor Award Bergren Residence
                  AIACC Award, 72 Market Street

                  1985         
                  AIALA Award, Merit Award 72 Market Street
                  AIALA Award, Merit Award Lawrence Residence
                  AIALA Award, Merit Award Bergren Residence
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                  Venice III House, Bergren Residence

                  1984        
                  Progressive Architecture
Award, Citation
                           Hermosa Beach Commercial Center

                  1982         
                  Progressive Architecture
Award, Citation
                           Western-Melrose Office Building
                       
                  1981         
                  AIALA Award, Sedlak House

                  1980         
                  Progressive Architecture
Award, Citation
                           Flores Residence
                                                           
                  1977         
                  Competition Honor Award, Citation
                           Sacramento Energy Efficient Office Building
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation
                           Riedel Medical Building

                  1974  
                  Progressive Architecture Award, Citation Sequoyah                               
                           Educational Research Center
 

Solo Exhibitions
                  2006               
                  London Architecture Biennale
                           The World in One City - A Sketch for London, June 16-25

                  1998         
                  Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana,
                          “Sinte Gleska University:  the process and the project,”
                           October 20-November 30
                  University of Virginia, Charlottsville, Virginia,
                          “Sinte Gleska University”,
                           November 2-13
                  University of Texas, Austin, Texas,
                          “Sinte Gleska University:  the process and the project,” April 18-May 1

                  1997          
                  Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe
                          “Sinte Gleska University”

                  1996         
                  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 16-May 1

                  1992         
                  Yokohama Pacifico Hall Center, Yokohama Japan,
                          “Current Research”, March 13-25

                  1991         
                  Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, California,
                          “Morphosis: Making Architecture”, March 28-June 9

                  1990        
                  Ballenford Architectural Books, Toronto, Canada,
                          “Morphosis , 1975-1990”, November 10-December 30
                  Gallery MA, Tokyo, Japan, “Parallel Activities,
                           June 23-July 30
                  Fenster Architekurgalerie, Frankfurt, Germany,
                           August 15-October 31
                  Aedes Galerie and Architecture Forum, Berlin, Germany,
                          “Morphosis”, June  20-August 6
                  Graham Foundation, Chicago, Illinois,
                          “Morphosis Recent Work”, May 23-June 28
                  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
                          “Three Houses”, March 2-May 6

                  1989         
                  Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,
                          “Morphosis Recent Work”,
                           July 20-September 1
                  University of California, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Morphosis Recent Work”
                  Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota,
                          “Three Houses”, May 14-July 23
                  Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, Washington,
                          “Morphosis Recent Work”, April 12-June 10

                  1988         
                  2 AES Gallery, Art and Architectural Exhibition Space,
                          “Morphosis”, San Francisco, California,
                           September 15 - November 17
                  Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
                          “Morphosis”, November 15

 

Group Exhibitions

                  2007
                  Koplin Del Rio Gallery
                          “Entropy: The Art in Architects”, January 6-February 24

                  2006
                  Southern California Institute of Architecture
                          “Prairie View”, September 29-December 17

                  2004
                  UCLA Fowler Museum
                          “From the Verandah”

                  2003
                  Southern California Institute of Architecture
                          “Stillpoints”

                  2001-2            
                  Max Protetch Gallery, New York, New York
                          “A New World Trade Center”
                       
                  1998         
                  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
                          “City, Space + Globalization”, Michigan, February 18-March 4

                  1997         
                  Dansk Arkitektur, Copenhagen, Denmark,
                          “Los Angeles Heteropolis USA”, May 19 - August 17

                  1996         
                  University of East London, School of Architecture,
                           London, England, “Details”

                  1995         
                  Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California,
                          “100 / 100 Exhibition’, March 7 - May 26
                  Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica California,
                          “Housing Around, The Playhouse Project, ‘Pemni’”
                           Sponsored by Architects for Shelter and Santa Monica Place, March 4
                  SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Less Is More: Built Work for Less Than $100,000”

                  1992         
                  The Steelcase Design Partnership for VECTA, New York, NY,
                          “Industrial Elegance”
                  Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England,
                           June 9-23
                  GA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “91 GA International”, February-March
                  Society for Art in Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
                          “Architects as Artists: Artifice and Artifacts”, January 25-April 21

                  1990         
                  Lameier Sculpture Park, St Louis, Missouri,
                          “California Lifeguard Towers”, March 14-May 28
                  USIA, Moscow, Leningrad, Donetsk, Soviet Union,
                          “Design USA”, September 1989-February

                  1989        
                  Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, West Germany,
                          “Architects Houses”, September 1-November 26
                  Gallery of Architecture, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Tangents and Outtakes”, July 1-August 12
                  Arts Park Performing Arts Pavilion, The Cultural Foundation,
                           Woodland Hills, California, June 5-July 31
                  Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, California, January 7-March 6
                  Kirsten Kiser Gallery, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Modeling Paste Drawings”

                  1988         
                  Aedes Galerie fur Architektur und Raum, Berlin, Germany,
                          “Berlin Denkmal oder Denkmodell”, September 2-December 2
                  Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, Canada,
                           R.C Harris Water Filtration Plant, “Waterworks”, June 22-September 30
                  Kirsten Kiser Gallery, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Californian Lifeguard Towers”, July 8- August 13
                  Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, New York,
                          “What Could Have Been:  Unbuilt Architecture of the 80’s”,
                           July 19 - October 23
                  National Academy of Design, New York, New York,
                          “The Experimental Tradition: Twenty-five Years of
                           American Architecture Competitions 1960-1985 (Vietnam Veterans Memorial)”,
                           May 16-July 31
                  Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Victoria, Australia,
                          “Dream Houses”, May 19-June 19
                  Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California,
                          “LA Architecture: 12 + 12 An Overview”, March 23-25
                  Axis Gallery, Tokyo, Milan, Paris, “In-spiration”
                          (Lighting Exhibition), February 5 – 15

                  1987         
                  GA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
                          “The Emerging Generation in U.S.A:” November 7-December 13

                  1986        
                  I.D.C., New York, New York
                          “Forty under Forty”, October
                  Max Protetch Gallery, New York, New York
                          “Architects for Social Responsibility”, May/June

                  1985    
                  GA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan,
                          “Californian Architecture - Morphosis/Eric Owen Moss”, April/May

                  1984         
                  California, Museum of Science and Industry,
                          “84/84 Olympic Architects”, June/August
                  Hotel Biltmore, Los Angeles, California,
                          “Architectural Competitions”, May

                  1983        
                  Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California,
                          “California Counterpoint”, November/December
                  National Academy of Design, New York, New York                      
                          “California Counterpoint”, July/September
                  Architectural Association, London, England
                          “Los Angeles Now”, May
                  Columbia University,
                          “American Architecture: Innovation and Tradition”, February/March
                  Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England,
                          “Drawings by Architects”, February/March

                  1982        
                  La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California,
                          “The California Condition”, November/December
                  Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Los Angeles, California
                          “Four Houses:  Four Cities”, July/August

                  1981        
                  Ohio State University Art Gallery,
                          “Artists as Architect/Architect as Artist”, March/April 
                  Pennsylvania State University Art Gallery,
                          “New Americans: Issue and Thoughts”

                  1979         
                  The Architectural Gallery, Venice, California,
                           Selected Projects, November 1979
                  CCAIA Exhibit, Newport Beach, California,
                          “New Americans: Issues and Thoughts”,
                  Rome, Milan, Venice, June/August

                  1978        
                  Umwelt Galerie, Stuttgart,
                          “Contemporary American Architecture” (Four Projects), January/March
                  California Statewide Exhibit, Sacramento Office Building Competition

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