Vittorio Gregotti was an Italian architect, born in Novara. In 1974 he founded the Gregotti Associati studio in Milan with Pierluigi Cerri, Pierluigi Nicolin, Hiromichi Matsui and Bruno Viganò. They designed several important buildings, such as the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, the Cultural Centre of Belem in Lisbon, the Arcimboldi Theater in Milan and several university campuses, including that of the University of Calabria. His studio also designed Pujiang New Town in Shanghai (China) a completely new town with an Italian architectural theme. In 2018 the Pac in Milan dedicated to Gregotti an anthological exhibition.
Vittorio Gregotti left around 1600 projects, what makes him an extremely prolific architect. Among its most important buildings are the Church of San Massimiliano Kolbe in Bergamo, the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Carrara Academy in Bergamo, the Tower in via Pirelli alla Bicocca and the Zen of Palermo from 1969, which is still an extreme controversial project still debated today. His latest work is the renovation and transformation of the former factory into a theater, the Teatro Leoperia in Follonica (2012).
Trained at the Polytechnic of Milan, where he graduated in 1952, Gregotti has joined his professional practice with an intense career in teaching, publishing and journalism. Full Professor of Architectural Composition at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, he has also taught in the Faculties of Architecture of Milan and Palermo, often crossing national borders as a visiting professor in Japan, the United States, Argentina, Brazil and UK.
In 1953 his name was linked to Casabella, first as editor (1953-55), then as editor-in-chief (1955-63) and, after important assignments in other newspapers, as director. He maintained this role from 1982 to 1996, profoundly affecting the development of the historic magazine and the methods of communication and dissemination of the architectural project not only in Italy. 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. As a collaborator of different newspapers, Gregotti has published essays, including The territory of architecture (1966), Inside architecture (1991), Identity and crisis of European architecture (1999), Against the end of architecture (2008) and The profession of the architect (2019).
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