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Italian Design: A Success Story



Italian Design: A Success Story

Celebration of Italian Design Day

Italian Design: A Success Story

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On the Occasion of Italian Design Day 2018,
The Consulate General of Italy in Chicago
The Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago and
The Illinois Institute of Technology
are pleased to present

"Italian Design: A Success Story"
a lecture by Rodrigo Rodriguez

Illinois Institute of Technology
College of Architecture, S.R. Crown Hall
3360 S State Street - Chicago, IL




Opening Remarks

Michelangelo Sabatino, Dean, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul General of Italy in Chicago

Alberta Lai, Director, Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago



Rodrigo Rodriquez, Board Member of "Fondazione Triennale di Milano", entrepreneur, and recipient of the ADI Compasso d'Oro in 2016

Born in Roma in 1937, Rodrigo Rodriquez receceived a Degree in Law at the Università of Roma, in 1960 and a Master in Business Administration at IPSOA (connected with the Harvard Business School) in Torino in 1961.

From 1965 to 1968, he served as Manager of the Department of Organizational Structure and Job Evaluation at 3M Minnesota Italia s.p.a. In 1969 he entered the furniture industry, as Deputy Managing Director at C&B Italia, a position he held until 1972; from 1973 to 1980 he served as Managing Director of Cassina, Italy, and continued in the same company, as Vice Chairman of the Board and President, until 1991. In this capacity he guided Cassina to become a leader in the design furniture industry, developing its internationalization. In so doing, he also served as a Director for Atelier International USA and Cassina Japan, both Cassina’ subsidiaries. In 1973 he promoted the creation of Marcatré, which, as a Chairman, he brought to a co-leading position in the design office furniture market, until the voluntary liquidation in 1996.

Currently he serves as:

•Chairman, Forza Projects Ltd, design contract furniture, London
•Chairman, Material Connexion Italia Srl
•Member, Board of Directors, Antares Iluninacion S.A., FLOS Group
•Member, Collegio dei Probiviri (Arbitration Board), Confindustria, Roma
•Chairman, SIEXPO, Sustainability and Innovation for EXPO 2015
•Member, Board of Directors, Fondazione ADI per il Design Italiano
•Member, Jury for the Quality Seal Design for All
•Member, Jury International Prize Dedalo Minosse for Commissioning an Architectural work
•Member of the Board of "Fondazione Triennale Design Museum"

For more details about his curriculum, please click here.

This lecture is free and open to the public. A complimentary shuttle will provide transportation for interested guests from a location in downtown Chicago (exact location to be determined) to the IIT campus and back to Chicago upon the conclusion of the event. Details will be emailed to registered guests shortly.

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Data: Lun 26 Feb 2018

Orario: Alle 18:00

Ingresso : Libero


IIT, S.R. Crown Hall 3360 S State Street