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(Established 1966)

Roche-Dinkeloo was established in 1966 as a partnership between a designer and a technologist. Roche acted as the principal designer while Dinkeloo provided expertise in construction and technology. Together they created stimulating examples of both civic and corporate architecture during the 1960s and 1970s.

John Dinkeloo was born in Holland, Michigan in 1918. He studied at the University of Michigan School of Architecture, after which he worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. He joined the firm of Eero Saarinen in 1950, making partner five years later.

Kevin Roche was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1922. He studied in Dublin and Illinois and worked for Michael Scott and the United Nations Planning Office in New York. He joined the Saarinen firm in 1950. In 1966 he co-founded Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates based in Hamden, Connecticut.

Roche's simple designs and Dinkeloo's technical skills generated buildings with a sophisticated sculptural quality. In designing their buildings, the team carefully studied all of the opportunities and constraints of the site and surrounding environment.

Early innovators of urban public spaces, their architecture was often executed on a vast scale or designed to mimic the powerful imagery of industrial architecture. The partnership ended with Dinkeloo's death in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1981.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p129-130.

Adolf K Placzek. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects. Vol. 3. London: The Free Press, 1982. ISBN 0-02-925000-5. NA40.M25. p594-595.

Kevin Roche is a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, 1982.

Kevin Roche received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, 1993.