Vittorio Gregotti: Italian Architect, referent between modernism and postmodernism

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Vittorio Gregotti

Vittorio Gregotti. Italian architect born in Novara, Italy, on August 10, 1927 - died in Milan on March 15, 2020. He studied at the Polytechnic of Milan, where he graduated as an architect in 1952. From 1953 to 1968 he worked in collaboration with Ludovico Meneghetti and Giotto Stoppino. In 1974 he founded Gregotti Associati srl, of which he was president until shortly before his 90th birthday when the studio closed.

He was a professor of architectural composition at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, taught at the Faculties of Architecture in Milan and Palermo, and was a visiting professor at the Universities of Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lausanne, Harvard, Philadelphia, Princeton, Cambridge (United Kingdom) and MIT Cambridge (Massachusetts).

He has participated in numerous international exhibitions and was responsible for the introductory section of the XIII Triennale (Milan 1964), for which he won the International Grand Prix. From 1974 to 1976 he was director of the visual arts and architecture sector at the Venice Biennale. He has been an academic of San Luca since 1976 and of Brera since 1995.  He was awarded an honorary degree by the Polytechnic University of Prague in 1996 and by the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1999. He has been a member of the BDA (Bund der deutschen Architekten) since 1997 and has been an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects since 1999.

From 1953 to 1955 he was editor of Casabella; from 1955 to 1963 editor in chief of Casabella-Continuidad; from 1963 to 1965, director of Modern Building and responsible for the architecture sector of the magazine Il Verri; from 1979 to 1998 he was Director of Revision and from 1982 to 1996 Director of Casabella. From 1984 to 1992 he edited the architecture column of Panorama, from 1992 to 1997 he collaborated with Corriere della Sera and from 1997 he collaborated with Repubblica.

His studio also designed Pujiang New Town in Shanghai, China, a new city with an Italian architectural theme. In 2012, he wrote an article for the magazine STUDIO Architecture and Urbanism published in its issue # 02 Original, edited by Romolo Calabrese.



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