Michael Rotondi and April Greiman, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Lecture

in collaboration with Loyola Department of Design and Forum Tulane


The lecture will begin at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. This is a Forum Tulane event. AIA credits will be offered for this lecture. Please note that this lecture will be held at Loyoloa University in the Nunemaker Auditorium.

Michael Rotondi, FAIA, is the principal at RoTo Architects responsible for all aspects of project design and delivery. He is recognized as an innovative architect and educator. He has practiced and taught architecture for 30 years, and has always been based in Los Angeles. First as a founding partner of Morphosis (1975-1991), and now at RoTo Architects (1991-present). He was a founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and served as Director for ten years (1987-1997).

Projects range from educational to institutional, cultural, commercial, entertainment, residential and religious, and the clients have ranged from individuals to diverse groups in large organizations. Mr. Rotondi has received numerous awards for his designs and teaching, most recently, the 2009 AIA/LA Gold Medal. His awards also include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Architecture for his body of work in 1992. In 1997 he was recognized by the AIACC for his work as an educator and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1985.

Michael Rotondi leadership as an educator has given him the insights, knowledge, and practices that are essential to teaching, learning, and administering all levels and types of education. He has developed programs, written curriculum, hired faculty and designed faculties for professional, disciplinary and trans-disciplinary education systems. The knowledge that comes from his work as an educator forms the basis of his work as an architect.

April Greiman is a graphic designer and artist. Her innovative ideas and projects, and hybrid-based approach, have been influential worldwide over the last 30 years. Her explorations of image, typography and color, as objects in time and space are grounded in her singular fusion of art and technology.

Greiman has been instrumental in the acceptance and use of advanced technology in the arts and the design process since the early 1980's. She pioneered digital and computer art and became renowned for her unique experiments with the Apple Macintosh and Quantel Paintboxes.

Today, April Greiman continues a unique approach that blends technology and science with symbol and myth, words and images, with texture and space. Her unique expertise is focused on color-surfaces-materials consulting and trans-media projects for such clients as Accenture Tower, Minneapolis; Madame Tussauds, Hollywood Blvd; and the Great Park, Irvine, California.

A growing interest in the built environment has led to close collaborations with architecture firms such as Barton Myers Architects, Johnson Fain, DMJM/Aecom, Frank O. Gehry & Associates and RoTo Architects. These projects range from motion and animation, three-dimensional objects and exhibitions, to the development of color, surfaces and materials palettes.

April Greiman was born in Metropolitan New York City and studied at the Allgemeine Kuntsgewerbeschule (General Arts Trade School) in Basel, Switzerland and the Kansas City Art Institute. She moved to Los Angeles in 1976, establishing her multi-disciplinary practice, currently called Made in Space.
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