Aldo Rossi, Italian architect, theorist, and designer, was born on 3 May 1931 in Milan, the city where he spent a good portion of his career and died at age 66 in 1997.

By Anne Leader

Aldo Rossi, Italian architect, theorist, and designer, was born on 3 May 1931 in Milan, the city where he spent a good portion of his career and died at age 66 in 1997. A proponent of postmodernism and Neo-Rationalism, Rossi became known for his designs based on repetitive, simple forms drawn on rational Modernism and archetypal historic forms. He taught architecture in Milan, Venice, and in several locales in the United States, Switzerland, and Germany. After great acclaim at the 1979 Venice Biennale for his Teatro del Mondo, Rossi became more involved with industrial design, providing ideas for Alessi and Longoni. Rossi received the Pritzker Prize in 1990.


Reference: Robert M. Maxwell. “Rossi, Aldo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press..


Further reading: The Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi; Aldo Rossi: Buildings and Projects by Peter Arnell, ed. (1991).


Quartier de Schützenstrasse, Berlin, 1994-7

Teatro del Mondo, drawing, 1980

Aldo Rossi ca. 1986

Scholastic Building, New York, 2001

Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, exterior and central staircase, 1995

Alessi Il conico, stainless steel kettle, 1986

Rossi with Paris Chair designed for Unifor, 1990

Furniture designs for Bruno Longoni

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