The architect Aldo Rossi was born on 3 May 1931. Like many other Italian architects and designers, Rossi studied at the Polytechnic School in Milan. He graduated in 1959. Already during his studies, in 1955, Rossi worked as a writer for the architectural magazine Casabella Continuità. He continued to do so until five years after completing his studies. In 1965, Rossi became a lecturer at the university where he had also studied.
In his younger years, Rossi already applied a clear form structure, which remained a common thread throughout his work for the rest of his career. Light and shadow were very important elements in Rossi's work. In order to clearly communicate his vision on architecture to the rest of the world, he wrote the book L'architettura della città in 1966 and A Scientific Autobiography in 1981.
From 1972 to 1974, Rossi taught as a visiting professor at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich. In addition, he collaborated with several major brands. Rossi designed, among other things, cafetieres for the Italian company Alessi.