Graduated from the Zurich Polytechnic, where he was lecturer and associate professor from 1991 to 1999. Author of various publications: on Swiss furniture of the Thirties, Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé. From 1986 to 1991 was architect in charge of the Zurich Technopark and the reconversion of the Sulzer Escher-Wyss site. He founded a practice with Cristina Pfister and from 1986 to 1999 was engaged in different projects for the restoration of Modern Movement architecture. Since 1999 he has been a partner in the Pfister-Schiess-Tropeano practice with the restoration projects of Bauhaus Dessau und Hallenstadion Zurich. In 2009, he founded ruggero tropeano architekten, working on projects in the sites of Roche and Novartis in Basel.
From 1994 to 2006 he was a member of the Denkmalpflege Kommission of Zurich and since 1999 of the Commission for the natural and cultural Heritage of the Canton of Zurich, of which he has been president since 2008. He acted in the Tugendhat House International Committee (THICOM) and presently member of the board of ICOMOS Suisse. Recently he received the 2018 career award CICOP, International Centre for Heritage Conservation.