Ignazio Gardella was a member of the third generation of the Modern Movement.
He is considered one of the greatest exponents of Italian Rationalism, although he followed its principles in a much personal way, searching to overcome its limitations.
Ignazio Gardella was born in 1905 in Milan to a family counting already with four generations of architects. He graduated in Civil Engineering in Milan in 1931, and in Architecture in Venice in 1949. In his beginnings, Gardella collaborated as a designer with Olivari, Azucena and, especially, with Gavina. Meanwhile, he also traveled in order to improve his training: he went to Germany Frankfurt in particular- and the Scandinavian countries, where he met Alvar Aalto.