Angelo Mangiarotti was an Italian architect and industrial designer who focused on designing functional products and the industrial process behind them. In 1948, Mangiarotti graduated from the Architecture School of Politecnico di Milano and moved to the United States in 1953, working as a visiting professor in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology. While in Chicago, Mangiarotti was associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Konrad Wachsmann, all of whom contributed to his personal and professional growth. He returned to Italy in 1955 and opened an architectural firm in Milan with Bruno Morassutti. He taught at several universities in Italy and abroad. During the course of his career, Mangiarotti participated in infrastructure projects, industrial and residential architecture, product design, and even sculpture.