Antonio Citterio was born in Meda, Brianza, Italy, in 1950. After graduating from the Milan Polytechnic in the faculty of architecture, he opened his first design studio in 1972. Between 1987 and 1996 he collaborated with Terry Dwan, creating buildings in Europe and Japan. In the meantime he won important prizes and awards such as the Compasso d'Oro, and some of his works took part in the permanent design exhibition at MoMa in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris. In 2000, he founded with Patricia Viel "Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel" an internationally active architectural and interior design company, which develops complex and qualified projects. In the field of industrial design Citterio currently collaborates with Italian and foreign companies such as Flos, Kartell, Hermes and B&B Italia, creating for the latter the MaxAlto brand entirely coordinated by him. Since 2006 Antonio Citterio has been a lecturer in architectural design at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and in 2008 he received the title of "Royal Designer for Industry" from the Royal Society of London.