Born in Milan, 1921, Angelo Mangiarotti graduated in architecture from the Milan's Politecnico in 1948. Between 1953 and 1954 he worked in the US taking part, amongst other things, in the "Loop" design competition in Chicago. During his stay abroad he met well-known architects of the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann.
The Mangiarotti & Associates Office and the academic activity
In 1955, back from the United States, he opened a studio in Milan and in 1989 he set up the Mangiarotti & Associates Office based in Tokyo. From 1986 to 1992 he served as Colle Cristalleria's creative director.
Angelo Mangiarotti combined his professional activity – his works are published in books, journals and newspapers – with an intensive teaching role in the most important universities in Italy and abroad. In 1953-1954 he worked as visiting professor at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago; in 1963-1964 he held a course at the Istituto Superiore di Disegno Industriale in Venice; in 1970 he was appointed as visiting professor at the University of Hawaii, in 1974 at the Ecole Politechnique Fédérale of Losanne, in 1976 at the University of Adelaide and at the South Australian Institute of Technology in Adelaide; in 1982 he worked as a contract lecturer at Palermo's Department of Architecture; in 1983 he worked as a supply lecturer at the chair of Composition at Florence University's Department of Architecture; in 1989-90 he worked as contract lecturer at the Department of Architecture of the University of Milan; in 1997 he was appointed as contract lecturer for the course in Industrial Design at the Department of Architecture of Milan's Politecnico.
Design and architecture awards
His activity as a designer has been marked by numerous awards, both in the design and construction fields, including the Domus Formica award in 1956, the In/Arch per la Lombardia award in 1962, the Primo Premio Nazionale del Golfo di La Spezia per l'Industrial Design in 1963, the AIP award for industrial construction works in 1972, the Prix Européen de la Construction Métallique in 1979, medal and honorary degree at the 3rd edition of the International Architecture Biennial in Sofia in 1986, the first prize at the "Targa Alcan" competition for the application of aluminium to architecture in 1989, special mention at the In/Arch Premio Nazionale in 1989 for the industrial manufacturing of a construction element; in 1991 the Design Plus award for the "Ergonomica" table collection. Finally, in 1994 he was honoured with an award as part of the 1994 Marble Architecture Awards for design projects using stone material and the ADI Compasso d'oro for career achievements.
In 1998 he was the recipient of a Honoris Causa degree in Engineering from the Department of Architecture of Munich's Technischen Universität. In the same year he is honoured with the gold medal in the architecture category by the Accademia della Torre of Carrara. In 2002 a comprehensive exhibition of his design works is held at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and in October he received a Honoris Causa Degree in Industrial Design from the Department of Architecture of Milan's Politecnico.
In 2004 he holds a conference at the inauguration of an exhibition exclusively devoted to his work, held at the Gallery MA in Tokyo. In 2006 he is given the "Design Apostle" medal by Rima Editrice. In 2007 he received a special mention at the Marble Architecture Awards for the refurbishment of Piazza Battisti in Carrara. In May 2010 an exhibition dedicated to Mangiarotti was held at Calenzano's Design Museum and for the occasion he appeared as a guest on Lezioni di Design, a programme broadcast by Rai Educational.