Roche-Dinkeloo

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Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates
Type LLC
Industry Architecture
Founded Hamden, Connecticut, United States (1966 (1966))
Founder(s) Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo
Headquarters Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Area served International
Key people Kevin Roche AIA, FAIA Philip Kinsella, AlA and James Owens
Services Architecture, Building Services/MEP Engineering, Graphics, Interior Design, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Sustainable Design and Urban Design & Planning
Website www.krjda.com

Roche-Dinkeloo, otherwise known as Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC (KRJDA), is an architectural firm based in Hamden, Connecticut founded in 1966.

The principal designer is 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche, with John Dinkeloo — a graduate of the University of Michigan — as the expert in construction and technology. Roche and Dinkeloo both previously worked with Eero Saarinen. Almost all buildings built by Roche are with this firm, and they exhibit his particular architecture and aesthetic, although it has changed wildly throughout the past 40 years. Earlier buildings were characterized by massive facades and experimentation with exposed steel and concrete, while more recent buildings emphasize a clean, glassy look suggesting futuristic and green architecture. The firm also built in postmodern and historicist styles during the early 1990s.

"KRJDA is engaged in major projects throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and provides complete master planning, programming, architectural design, interior design, working drawings, specification and construction administration services. The firm has designed a variety of institutional and corporate projects including 38 corporate headquarters, three hotel/apartment buildings, eight museums, numerous research facilities, theaters, schools, factories, performing arts centers, houses and the Central Park Zoo in New York. For the past 42 years, he has been the architect for the master plan and expansion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, designing all of its new wings and installing many of its collections." [1]

The firm received the American Institute of Architects 1974 Architectural Firm Award and in 1995 the firm was the recipient of the American Institute of Architect’s 25-Year Award for the Ford Foundation Headquarters in New York City. In 1982, Kevin Roche received the Pritzker Prize and in 1993, he received the AIA Gold Medal.[2]

Kevin Roche has been referred to as the "first [architect] to see architecture and nature as one." [3]


The Head Office for Bouygues SA Holding company received the “Haute Qualité Environnementale (HQE)” which is the highest certification for environmental quality in building design in France.
Headquarters for Santander Central Hispano located in Madrid, Spain.
The continuous glass wall at Lucent Technologies in Nuremberg, Germany wraps around the complex to create a unified street facade.
Unlike conventional New York office buildings which isolate the occupants, the Ford Foundation Headquarters creates an environment of openness and fosters a sense of working family.

Awards[edit]

  • AIA Architecture Firm Award
  • Pritzker Prize
  • American Institute of Architects - AIA Gold Medal
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medals - Gold Medal Award for Architecture
  • Academie d'Architecture - Grand Gold Medal
  • Total Design Award, American Society of Interior Designers
  • Medal of Honor, New York Chapter of the AIA
  • American Institute of Architects Twenty-five Year Award
  • Classical America's Arthur Ross Award
  • The Brendan Gill Prize of the Municipal Art Society of New York
  • R. S. Reynolds Memorial Award
  • New York State Award
  • California Governor's Award for Excellence in Design
  • Albert S. Bard First Honor Awards, City Club of New York
  • Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in Architecture
  • Brunner Award of the American Institute of Art and Letters
  • New York Chapter American Institute of Architects Award

Projects[edit]

KRJDA has completed over 200 projects in the US and internationally. These include 8 museums, 38 institutional and corporate headquarters, 7 research laboratories, conference and performing arts centers, theaters, and campus buildings for 6 separate universities. KRJDA maintains their office in Hamden, Connecticut.

Green Architecture[edit]

As designer of one of the first true green buildings in America, the Oakland Museum of California, KRJDA has defined architectural sustainability and green design as we know it today. Additionally, Mr. Roche is the architect of Lafayette Tower, the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)CS Platinum building in Washington, D.C. The design for the Head Office for Bouygues SA Holding Company in Paris, France, received the prestigious NF Bâtiments tertiaires – Démarché HQE (Haute Qualité Environmentale) for highest environmental quality in building design. Additionally Roche's design for Santander Group in Madrid, Spain has offers is reputed to be the world's largest green roof over 1,000,000 square feet.[4]

Notable Buildings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.krjda.com/about/
  2. ^ http://www.krjda.com/about/
  3. ^ Pelkonen, Eeva-Lissa. "Kevin Roche: Architecture As Environment." New Haven: Yale University Press. 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.krjda.com/about/
  5. ^ http://www.ddda.ie/index.jsp?a=1014&n=514&p=327

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