RoTo Architects is an international practice, led by Michael Rotondi, FAIA, an internationally recognized teacher-practitioner. RoTo Architects is based in Los Angeles.
Since its’ founding in 1991, RoTo Architects has worked with diverse groups and individuals, (Civic Leaders in the public and private sectors, American Indians, Tibetan Lamas, commercial developers, artistic directors, education communities, wildlife conservators, cultural curators, and many non-profit leaders) on a wide array of projects of varying scope, complexity, and resources. We have learned the value of working collaboratively and the benefit of listening with open minds, heightened curiosity, and a sense of great purpose. We also understand the necessity of sustaining the integrity of a clients’ long term vision and core principles that guide us working with a sense of urgency in a short cycle world. With abundant optimism and advanced skill sets we’ve learned, that limited resources, aggressive schedules, and conflicting objectives can be a source of innovative thinking and lead to inventive outcomes.
Although we have many years of experience and have broad expertise, we try to approach each project with a resilient mind and fresh eyes knowing that each project has different parameters and constraints, based on their environmental, social, cultural, and market contexts. We’ve learned how to work efficiently and effectively at a pace that meets these aggressive schedules but in a way that allows us to anticipate the unexpected with beneficial outcomes.
Currently, we have a diverse portfolio of commissions we are working on, a new television production and broadcast facility in Los Angeles, a large aquatic center in Long Beach, CA, a 160-acre wildlife sanctuary for wolves in California, a self-sustaining research, retreat and conference center in Hawaii, a prototype couture store in West Hollywood, a Buddhist Monastery and Temple in California, and an amusement park.
As a body of work, these projects exemplify a capacity to see to the center of any problem, work at any scale, and synthesize complex systems into a coherent and high performing whole. The Team Leader, Michael Rotondi brings trans-disciplinary interests and knowledge to every aspect of a project and filters it through the conceptual and practical lens of what it takes to realize a project. He has long-standing experience in both Enterprise and Academia, leading large teams with creative and technical knowledge and expertise, which was evident some years ago as the Director of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) with its international faculty and student body.
RotoLab RoTo Architects’ sister company, is a solution engine from the world of architecture and design. RotoLab applies the architectural mind to solve wicked problems outside of traditional architectural practice. Its solutions focus on real world projects for the future of work, play, learning and care.