RDR architectes

In 1993, Jacques Richter and Ignacio Dahl Rocha, having taken over the practice initiated by Richter & Gut, founded RDR architectes in Lausanne. In 1999, two of their early collaborators, Kenneth Ross and Christian Leibbrandt, joined them as partners. In 2018, Antoine Barc, Frédéric Comby and Hilario Dahl Rocha become partners, reinforcing the management team already including Manuel Perez, head of the Construction Management team, and Baris Kansu leading the RDR design group.

RDR architectes defends an architecture rooted in the social and urban reality, detached from fashion and inspired by the historical and cultural context. Combining creativity and professionalism and covering all areas of architectural, urban and interior design services, this last area in particular being the responsibility of RDR design. All phases of the design process are covered, from preliminary studies through to construction and site management, where exacting the highest standards has become an integral part of their reputation. 

The RDR arquitectos office opened in 2005, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, works in close collaboration with the Lausanne office. Aimed at facilitating a rich personal and cultural exchange whilst promoting a technological and know-how transfer between the two entities.

  • Jacques Richter

    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

    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.

  • Christian Leibbrandt

    Christian Leibbrandt was born in Basel in 1954. He received his degree in architecture from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 1980, and in 1991 completed a dissertation for the EPFL and the Universidad de Buenos Aires on the theme of “Architecture et Autoconstruction: L’Approche des Processus Progressifs en Argentine.” In 1993, he joined Richter et Dahl Rocha Bureau d’architectes, and became an associé of the office in 1999. Among major projects realised by the design team he directs are the Quartier des Uttins, the extension of Clinique La Prairie, the EPFL Quartier de l’Innovation, the extension of the Bobst Mex production facility, and the transformation of the UBS Rhône block including the historic Passage des Lions in Geneva. Christian Leibbrandt has been a member of the Union Patronale des Ingénieurs et Architectes Vaudois (UPIAV) since 2008.

  • Antoine Barc

    Born on the Atlantic coast of Brittany in 1981, Antoine Barc has built a strong attachment to landscape value and to the link between architecture and territory.  

    During his studies at EPFL, he assisted the teachers I. Lamunière and JL Scartezzini and was awarded the Urban Mobility Laboratory Best Project Prize in 2004. In 2005, he develops a joint master project that deals with the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and maritime landscape. 

    After professional experiences in Paris and Geneva, he joined RDR architectes in 2006. In charge of numerous projects and competitions, several of which won first prizes, he was appointed “Directeur adjoint » in 2013 and co-director of a work team. He is a Partner in the office since 2018.

  • Frédéric Comby

    Frédéric Comby was born in Verbier in 1973. He joined RDR architectes  in 1997, after studying at the School Of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg.

    Amongst others, he has worked on projects such as the Clinique La Prairie, a residential building on Chemin de Liseron, the building transformation on 9-11, rue du Jura and the extension to the Bobst Mex production plant. 

    Together with Hilario Dahl Rocha, Frédéric Comby has led a design team since 2011. He was appointed “Directeur adjoint” in 2013 and is a Partner in the office since 2018.

  • Hilario Dahl Rocha

    Born in Buenos Aires in 1980, Hilario Dahl Rocha graduated in architecture in 2009 at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires. He was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medal for his diploma project. 

    After finishing his studies, he worked in architecture offices in Seville, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and joined RDR architectes in 2009. 

    Together with Frédéric Comby, Hilario Dahl Rocha has led a design team since 2011. He was appointed “Directeur adjoint” in 2013 and is a Partner in the office since 2018. 

  • Manuel Perez

    Director of Construction Management team

     

    Manuel Perez was born in Sober (Spain) in 1959. After graduating from the École d’Ingénieurs de Genève (EIG) in 1980, he worked for several offices in the Geneva area before joining Richter et Dahl Rocha Bureau d’architectes at the moment of its creation. He became directeur of a design team in the office in 2005. Among major projects he has led are the Golay Buchel Headquarters, the renovation and transformation of the Nestlé headquarters, and the renovation and extension of Clinique La Prairie. Manuel Perez is currently working on the development of the Aquatis projects, the transformation of the SICPA Hermès production facility, and the extension of Les Bains de Saillon. Since 2014 he is in charge of the Construction Management  team.

     

     

  • Santiago Pagés

    Directeur Adjoint

     

    Santiago Pagés was born in Buenos Aires in 1974, and obtained his architecture degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2000. After teaching and practicing architecture in Argentina, he joined RDR in 2002. In 2007, he completed a master’s degree in advanced studies in architecture and sustainable development at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Since 2009, he has worked on projects such as Trait-Planches. As a directeur adjoint since 2013, he has been leading collaborations between RDR in Lausanne and RDR Arquitectos in Buenos Aires.

  • Nuno Santos Pereira

    Directeur Adjoint

     

    Nuno Santos Pereira was born in Lisbon in 1972. He received his architecture degree from the Universidade Técnica, Lisbon in 1997, and began practising in association with Carlos Sousa Dias, winning numerous competitions. He joined RDR in 2010, and has worked on projects such as Champs-Meunier Sud, Avenue de Gilamont, and SICPA Hermès. He became a directeur adjoint of the office in 2013.

  • Alexis Wintsch

    Directeur Adjoint

     

    Alexis Wintsch was born in Lausanne in 1964. In 1986 he earned a diploma (CFC) in architectural drafting, and practiced for four years before joining RDR in 2002. Since 2007, he has led projects including the IMD Nestlé Building, the Nestlé WellNes Centre, and the EPFL Quartier Nord SwissTech Convention Center. He received the diploma in architecture from La Fondation du Registre Suisse in 2008, and became a directeur adjoint of the office in 2013.

  • Baris Kansu

    Directeur Adjoint

     

    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.

RDR architectes