RoTo has envisioned, designed, and built a wide range of project types of varying type, scope, and complexity, locally, nationally, and internationally. We are involved in all phases of a project’s life, visioning, land use protocols and policy, program development, design, and project delivery.
The depth of our knowledge and experience comes from two sources, 35 years of both professional and education based practice. In teaching we invent and explore the potential of projects and in the professional studio we execute and deliver projects.
The projects range in scale from Design Objects, to architecture, urban design, and to City scale. Services include strategic consulting to commercial clients, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, ranchers and farmers, eco-planning of rural communities, and socio-cultural restoration and sustainability.
Urban Public space is essential to Social formation, coherence, and conservation.
Public space networks
Urbanization is a dynamic process characterized by a formlessness best described in terms of flows, intensities, densities, and patterns, given form and purpose by creative strategies that integrate a dynamic long term vision providing a framework for the short term cycles of more spontaneous human interactions. Urban design operates at the intersection of three disciplines, urban planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.
The shaping of urban space and shaping social behavior is the primary focus, in the context of varying political, economic, social, and environmental forces. The impact of urban structures upon human health, behavior and thought is what is at stake.
We have worked with Indigenous People (Native Americans, Tibetans), on cultural sustainability, families with large land holdings to find alternatives to conventional land use and development strategies. We have also worked with commercial developers with under valued and under performing assets to achieve radical unpacking of hidden value.
form (exterior) expresses and space (interior) embodies.
Generally, the values and vision of a client are expressed in the Architecture they live and work in. The exterior expresses symbolically and the interior embodies spatially. The exterior form and materiality of a building may be adapting to context, conforming to the internal functions, or responding to technical performance criteria but within the building, the considerations shift scales and purpose as they address how we live, learn, work, pray, and play.
A complete Architecture is a total aesthetic and a holistic experience.
Environmental way finding precedes signage and begins with architectural and spatial clues for people to orient themselves. Next, comes environmental graphics and signage.
We provide full services in these areas and have a capability to work at any scale and in all media from print to motion. New companies and organizations sometimes commission us to Create an entire identity system for them including web presence.
Learning and teaching are evolutionary imperatives.
Each of us is responsible for making sense of an over abundance of uncategorized and unmediated data that is streaming at us. Trans-disciplinary learning, rapid absorption, and a synthetic mind are now our most valuable assets to help manage this problem.
Institutional teaching formats must keep pace with the ways students actually learn, with greater open mindedness, and being responsive to student centered, experience based learning, that integrates both human interaction enhanced by communications technology.
Prof. Rotondi being a founder of renowned SCI-ARC, in Los Angeles, and it’s second Director, has been a witness to and participant in this unparalleled educational and social experiment. The design of an educational facility or complex begins with an evaluative comparison of pre-existing systems to state of the art theories and practices, and how best to implement change in ways that enhances and evolves.
Change is inevitable and constant, at best.
The mission of non-profit organizations may vary but they often have common purpose, they are ‘human change-agents’. They exist to bring about a change in individuals and society. Their product is the well being of people.
Each non-profit organization is unique in their anatomy, their mission and institutional structures. A working environment that is both responsive and adaptable to change can amplify the mission, enhance the workflow, and inspire the workers.
Long term visioning in the context of a varying shorter cycle forces
Envisions purpose, practice, and meaning
Encodes adaptability, flexibility, performance, and endurance
Best ways to synchronize social, business, and financial models
A long-term strategic plan establishes core principles and values, that regulate growth, set the rules of engagement, and inform overall behavior and operations for the life of a project of any size, complexity, or time horizon. Key objectives are endurance and performance.