Prof. Rotondi is an educator with an international standing. He was a co-founder of SCI-Arc in 1972 along with 50 other colleagues. In his various leadership roles over the 40 years since its founding, he has participated in creating and growing a school that is recognized internationally among the best. He succeeded Founding Director Ray Kappe as the second Director. His charge was to reinvent the school, providing leadership in formulating an educational vision that would give the Institute, the faculty, and the students a platform to participate in defining the discussion-debate emerging in the Discipline. He is currently a Distinguished Faculty at SCI-Arc.


Prof. Rotondi has taught and lectured throughout the world for many years on Architecture, Education, and Creativity. He has been recognized and awarded many times for design practice and teaching. Among the awards are, American Academy of Arts and Letters for Architecture, AIA College of Fellows, LA.AIA Gold Medal, and in 2013, he was voted by his peers, among the 30 Most Admired Design Teachers in America.


1972 Present

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) Co-Founding Member, 1972
Student, First Graduating Class, 1973
Faculty, 1976-present
Distinguished Faculty, 2000-present
Student Graduate Program Chair, 1978-1987
Director of the Institute, 1987-1997
Board of Trustees, 1980-present


1999 2021

Arizona State University
Professor of Architecture


2002 – 2005

University of Kentucky, Lexington
Brown-Foreman Chair For Urban Design


2013 – 2014

University of Arkansas
John Williams Visiting Professor Studio