Angelo Mangiarotti

Nationality / Italian
Born in 1921


He graduated in Architecture in 1948 from Politecnico di Milano. From 1953 to 1954 he worked in the United States, participating also in the competition for Chicago “LOOP”. While living abroad he met Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann.

Upon coming back from United States, he opened an architectural firm together with Bruno Morassutti.
In 1989 he founded Mangiarotti & Associates Office based in Tokyo.
From 1986 to 1992 he was an art director of Colle Cristalleria.

Mangiarotti, while working as an architect whose work has been published on books, specialized magazines and newspapers, had an intense didactic activity made in different Italian and foreign Universities. In 1953-1954 he is a visiting professor at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago; in 1963-1964 he’s professor in a course of Istituto Superiore di Disegno Industriale of Venice; he’s visiting professor at University of Hawaii in 1970, at the Ecole Politecnique Fédérale of Losanna in 1974, at University of Adelaide and at South Australian Institute of Technology of Adelaide in 1976; in 1982 he has a contract as professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo; in 1983 he is supply professor for the course of composition at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, in 1989-90 he has a contract as professor in the graduation course in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture of Politecnico di Milano. He participated to many international seminars and conferences.

In Mangiarotti’s design activity, whose theoric fundamentals are expressed in the book “In nome dell’architettura” published in 1987, he wanted to en light the essential characteristics of every object, since only an “objective” design is able to prevent any abuse against the user itself in order to become, instead, recognizable by the collectivity. The architectural language become the expression of a new relation between man and environment, while in Mangiarotti’s activity as a designer he give a very important role to the plastic research. The aim of his research, which is always led respecting carefully the material characteristics, is the definition of the object’s form as a quality of the material.