Gaetana Aulenti, born in Northern Italy in 1927, and moved to Milan at an early age to study Architecture at the renowned Milan Polythechnic University, where she defied tradition by being the only one of two women who graduated in her class.
As many of her peers, she started her career in the editorial world by working with the design magazine Casabella, immersed in the flourishing Milanese culture and in the Neoliberty movement, distancing herself from the Rationalism tendency of the war period.
Piero Castiglioni (b. 1944) is an Italian architect specialzed in lighting design. Together with his father Livio, Piero Castiglioni developed lighting engineering projects for many public and private surroundings, and in the 1980s, he collaborated with the Italian architect Gae Aulenti. Some of his most significant lighting projects include the Pompidou Centre and the Orsay Museum in Paris.