April Greiman

April Greiman’s innovative ideas and projects, and hybrid-based approach, have been influencial 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. Clients whose commissions have become legendary for her experimental merger of word and image include PacTel, Esprit, US West, the Walker Art Center, SCI-Arc, and the United States Postal Service, which commissioned a commemorative stamp for the 19th Amendment in 1995. Over 150 million impressions of this stamp were printed.

In 2006, the Pasadena Museum of California Art mounted a one-woman show of April Greiman’s digital photography: Drive-by Shooting (

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.

Among her most prestigious awards are the Hall Chair Art Fellowship, Hallmark Corporation (1989); local, state and national design awards, American Institute of Architects (1994-99); AIGA Fellowship (2003); Gold Medal, American Institute of Graphic Arts(1998); and Chrysler Award for Innovation, Chrysler Corporation (1998).

Ms. Greiman lectures, participates in juries and her work has been exhibited worldwide. Winner of Apple’s MacWorld Inaugural Art Competition, and grants from the NEA, for studies in computer graphics, and Hewlett-Packard for large-scale imagery, she continues to blur the boundaries between art, science, and technology.

Her ideas and work have appeared in articles, interviews, reviews and broadcasts in the media, ranging from Newsweek and Time, to The New York Times and USA Today to CNN, PBS and ESPN. Books have included April Greiman: Floating Ideas into Time and Space, It’snotwhatAprilyouthinkitGreimanis, Hybrid Imagery: The Fusion of Technology and Graphic Arts, and Something from Nothing.

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.

Michael Rotondi

Michael Rotondi 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.