In the context of their architectural projects, Richter Dahl Rocha & Assocés architectes SA has developed over the years a wealth of expertise in the development of interiors and product design. Since then, and to answer to the increasing demand in these specific areas, a dedicated team, RDR design, was put in place in 2002.
Today, led by Baris Kansu, a talented team contribute towards the development of a variety of interiors, furniture and product design, as well as signage and graphic design contributions, both for the projects developed by the architecture teams in Lausanne and Buenos Aires, as much as for their own direct clients, such as the renovation of the Nestlé Headquarters in Vevey, the design of different partition systems for Clestra, or the fit out of the corporate restaurant at the Bobst Headquarters.
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.
Kenneth Ross was born in Buenos Aires in 1964, and earned his degree in architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1989. The following year, he joined Jacques Richter and Ignacio Dahl Rocha in the office of Richter et Gut bureau d’architectes in Lausanne, and three years later, the newly formed studio of Richter et Dahl Rocha Bureau d’architectes. He became an associé of the office in 1999. Among numerous major projects realised by the design team Kenneth Ross directs are the renovation and transformation of the Nestlé Headquarters building, the Nestlé WellNes Centre, the Nestlé Product Technology Center Singen, various buildings on the campus of the International Institute for Management Development, and the EPFL Quartier Nord, SwissTech Convention Center and Student Housing complex.
Baris Kansu was born in New York City in 1969. He received his degree in architecture from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 1996. After working with various offices in Istanbul and New York, he joined RDR in 2001. He has worked on projects such as Route de Berne 46 and the IMD Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center. In 2013 he became a directeur adjoint of the office.