Imbibing Lakota Ideas
Michael Rotondi


Left: Michael Rotondi. Right: Clark Stevens

©Monica Pidgeon

I am Michael Rotondi. I'm an architect and an educator, working in Los Angeles. My entire frame of reference as a practising architect has been guided over the last 24 years because I've been in a way that comes out of seeing architectural practice as both educating as well as building. The entire practice is incorporated. incorporates my teaching practice at Southern California Institute of Architecture and my current firm's work at RoTo, Architects. 2 The activities break down'into three areas: teaching. learning and building. "I don't separate my work as an educator from my work as a builder, a practising architect My history is I'm first generation American. My father emigrated from the old country, from Italy, and came to Los Angeles the first time in 1927 when it was still semi-rural, just beginning to be urbanised. He said that out here you could truly build your dream. Whatever you imagined was possible. was'possible but here. He said also he felt when he first arrived out here. that Europe, the umbilical from Europe. never made it over the Rocky Mountains and so it was a clean slate and We can invent a life out here. He made clearzt‘o me how connected I am to this place, and how my whole outlook and my mode of working really comes from the profound belief that anything imaginable is possible.


Carlson-Reges Residence, Los Angeles

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That has most recently been evident in the work that we're doing. Two projects that I'll probably talk wout in more detail than any others, are special in that they' re seminal for all of us in the office in tenns or it.

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