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RoTo Sketches: Red Book Series

Michael Rotondi has practiced and taught architecture locally and internationally for over forty years, always operating from his base in Los Angeles. Digitizing these sketchbooks is a process that stretches back to the late 70s and early 80s, through the early days of SCI-Arc (Arch. '75, Director 1987-1997) and seminal projects from Morphosis (1975-1991) and RoTo Architects (1991-present) up to more recent times. The online archive, to be updated and added to periodically, includes selections of scans from the collection, descriptive texts, and audio recordings discussing the books and their contents.


The Red Square series was started in 1990, a year before the founding of RoTo Architects, and includes sketches and notes for the CDLT and Joshua Tree House 2 projects. These 10" x 10" books were custom-made from both solid sketch paper and transparent vellum sheets, bound with a red linen hardcover.

27 slides (click to expand)


"The format affects how you draw...I began thinking more about white space, rather than filling up a sheet." -MR


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