Born in Milan in 1931, Aldo Rossi is considered by many to be the greatest Italian architect of the last fifty years. His career began with Gardella and Zanuso. An author of abstraction, reduction, and brevitas, his severe language of primary shapes, geometrical patterns and silent evocation created some of the most intensely poetic works of architecture and design in his age. These exact characteristics exude from his products as well, utilizing geometrical shapes to make profound design statements. Rossi died in 1997.