Massimo Vignelli was born in Milan in 1931 and studied architecture in Milan and Venice., He established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan in 1960, and, in 1965, he became co-founder and design director of Unimark International Corporation. With his wife Lella, he founded the firm of Vignelli Associates in New York in 1971, where he served as president, followed by Vignelli Designs in 1978, where he serves as chief executive officer.
His work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, and architectural graphics, as well as exhibition, interior, furniture, and consumer product designs for many leading American and European companies, institutions, and universities in the United States and abroad.
Massimo Vignelli's many awards include: Gran Premio Triennale di Milano, 1964; Compasso d'Oro, awarded by the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI), 1964 and again in 1998; the 1973 Industrial Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the 1982 Art Directors Club Hall of Fame; the 1983 AIGA Gold Medal; and the first Presidential Design Award, presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, for the National Park Service Publications Program. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Venice, Italy and honorary doctorates in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design (New York), Pratt Institute (Brooklyn), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence), the Corcoran School of Art (Washington D.C), the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena), and the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. In 2003, Lella and Massimo Vignelli received the National Design Lifetime Achievement Award. -- RRR