After founding Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes SA in Lausanne, Switzerland, Ignacio Dahl Rocha and Jacques Richter opened RDR Arquitectos in Buenos Aires in 2005 in collaboration with Bruno Emmer and Bárbara Moyano Gacitúa, who had been working in the swiss office since 1998 up until their return to Argentina. Nicole Michel and Facundo Morando joined the team between 2007 and 2009. In december 2011, Bárbara Moyano Gacitúa decided to give her career a new direction.
Internationally renowned for combining creativity and professionalism at the highest standards, the group has extensive experience in the fields of architecture, urbanism and design, the latter being treated specially by the RDR Design SA team.
RDR Arquitectos aims to offer the high level of competence and quality of a swiss office, while having a team based in Buenos Aires. The collaboration between the swiss and argentine offices favors human and cultural exchanges as well as the transfer of knowledge and technologies between the two countries.
Jacques Richter was born in Lausanne in 1954. He received his degree in architecture from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich, in 1979, and in 1981, he enrolled in the M. Arch program at Yale University, where he met Ignacio Dahl Rocha. After receiving the M. Arch at Yale in 1983, he practiced as an associate at Richter et Gut bureau d’architectes in Lausanne. His Espacité competition project (1987) was awarded first prize, and his SWHome housing system for the first EUROPAN competition (1989–90) was awarded the Lauréat for Switzerland. In 1993, Jacques Richter took over the office of Richter et Gut, and founded Richter & Dahl Rocha Architectes with Ignacio Dahl Rocha. From 1984 to 1989, he taught at the École d’Architecture Athenaeum Lausanne (EAAL). In addition to co-directing Richter Dahl Rocha, he serves on various committees and boards, including the Forum d’Architecture Romand (FAR) and the Comité de la Distinction Vaudoise d’Architecture (DVA). He is chair of the French-Swiss committee of the Centre Suisse d’Études pour la Rationalisation de la Construction (CRB). Richter was active in the Association Jardin Urbain in Lausanne for Lausanne Jardins in 2004 and 2009. He is a member of the Comité de la Chambre Vaudoise Immobilière (CVI) and the boards of the Fondation du Théâtre du Jorat and Compagnie Philippe Saire.
Ignacio Dahl Rocha
Ignacio Dahl Rocha was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. After completing his degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1979, he co-founded Billoch, Dahl Rocha, Ramos Arquitectos in Buenos Aires. In 1981, he enrolled in the M. Arch program at Yale University, where he met Jacques Richter. On graduating in 1983, Ignacio Dahl Rocha received Yale’s Award for Excellence in Architecture. He returned to practice with Billoch, Dahl Rocha, Ramos in Buenos Aires in 1983. For their Casa San Isidro of 1986, they were finalists in the 1988 Premio Internazionale di Architettura Andrea Palladio. In 1990, Ignacio Dahl Rocha joined the office of Richter et Gut bureau d’architectes. In 1993, he and Jacques Richter took over the practice of Richter et Gut and founded Richter et Dahl Rocha Bureau d’architectes. He has taught and lectured at numerous universities in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, including Yale University, the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, the Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, and the Universidad de Navarra in Spain. He was awarded the 2001 Premio Vitruvio for lifetime achievement as a Latin-American architect, the 2012 Premio Konex in Architecture, and the 2013 Premio Bienal de Arquitectura, Arquitecto Argentino en el exterior.
Bruno Emmer was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. He received his degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1998, joining the Lausanne office of RDR the same year. He has worked on projects such as La Verrière, Quartier des Uttins, and the extension of Clinique La Prairie. In 2005, he returned to Buenos Aires, and with Jacques Richter, Ignacio Dahl Rocha, and Bárbara Moyano Gacitúa, founded RDR Arquitectos to develop projects in Argentina and worldwide. In 2003, he began teaching and working as an assistant at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is currently teaching at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Facundo Morando was born in Buenos Aires in 1982. He received his degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2007, with a special mention for best national student project. He worked for several different offices and entered competitions as an independent practitioner before joining RDR Arquitectos in 2009. Since 2007, he has held the Solsona-Salama Chair in architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 2011, he participated in studios taught by Ignacio Dahl Rocha and Bruno Emmer at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.