Biography


1918
Born February 16 in Milan, Italy.


1944
Graduated March 15 in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan.


1944-present
Freelance architect and designer with a studio in Piazza Castello.


1947
Begins collaboration with his brothers Pier Giacomo and Livio.


1947-present
Present at the Triennale in Milan as a member of the organizing committee, or as the exhibition's designer, or by displaying his works.


1952
End of part-time collaboration with his brother Livio.


1955
Receives the Italian "Compasso d'Oro" award.


1956
Among the founders of the A.D.I. (Association of Industrial Design).


1960, 1962, 1964, 1967
Receives the Italian "Compasso d'Oro" award.


1968
End of continuous collaboration with his brother Pier Giacomo because of the latter's death.


1969
Awarded full professorship in "Artistic Industrial Design" by the Ministry of Public Education.


1970-1977
Professor of "Artistic Industrial Design" in the Department of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin.


1977
Wins the competition at the Ministry of Public Education for "Architectural Design."


1977-1980
Visiting lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin, and holds the professorship of "Interior Architecture and Design".

1979
Receives the Italian "Compasso d'Oro" award.


1981-1986
Full professor at the Department of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan. Teaches "Interior Architecture and Design."


1984
Receives the Italian "Compasso d'Oro" award.


1984-1985
Organizes and designs the exhibition Achille Castiglioni Designer at the Oesterreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst (March), the Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (June), the Triennale di Milano (November) and the Kunstgewerbe-Museum, Zurich (February 1985).

1985-present
A member of the Advisory Committee of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and Montreux, Switzerland.


1986
Full professorship at the Department of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Milan, teaching "Industrial Design," and an honorary member of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry of the Royal Society of Art in London.


Receives the golden medal for "Civic Good Services" from the Municipal Authority of Milan.

Receives the "Five Stars" award of the ADI together with Techotel.

1987
Receives the Degree Honoris Causa from the Royal College of Art in London.


Receives the First Class Diploma in School, Culture and Art from the Ministry of Public Education, Italy.

1989
Receives the Italian "Compasso d'Oro" award.


1993
Receives the annual award from The Chartered Society of Designers in London and the "Barcelona Design" award of the Department of Culture of Catalunya.


1995
Receives the "Art sur table" award from the Ministère de l'Industrie, Paris.


1996
Receives the Frankfurt "Design Plus Award".


About ten of Castiglioni's works are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and others are in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Kunstgewerbe-Museum, Zurich; the Staatliches Museum für Kunst, Munich; the Uneleckoprumyslove Museum, Prague; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Castiglioni has taken part in several round tables on Industrial Design in Italy and abroad and has been a member of both national and international juries.




©1997 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo of Achille Castiglioni by Cesare Colombo