This title is from one of the founding partners of Morphosis, Michael Rotondi, and his firm RoTo are taking the architectural world by storm. It has an international recognition on a par with Rem Koolhaas & Frank Gehry. It is a key title for architecture accounts, professionals and students. Since Rotondi formed his own firm after leaving Morphosis in 1991, he has continued to produce projects in the mode of the popular, cutting-edge young California modernists. But, unlike the current Morphosis firm, which specializes in large-scale institutional and governmental projects featuring materials predominantly of glass and high-tech metals, RoTo has tended to specialize in work, in standard materials, for non-profit organizations, in city and campus planning, and in the design of rural communities, and in buildings that respect cultural preservation.
Michael Rotondi has been an architect and educator for over twenty-five years. He was a founder and for ten years (1987-1997) the Director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He currently teaches and is a Board Member at SCI-Arc, and is a Professor at Arizona State University in Tempe. In 1992 he was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Architecture, and he currently serves as a Peer Reviewer for the U. S. Federal General Services Administration.