Italo Rota was born in 1953 in Milan and graduated in Architecture from the Milan Polytechnic. In 1980 he collaborated with Aulenti and Castiglioni on the designs that won the contest for Interior Design held by the Musée d'Orsay and the Centre Beaubourg in Paris. In 1990 he initiated the planning of the Centre for Post-Graduate Studies at Columbia University. His return to Italy - since 1996 he has been living in Milan - marked the beginning of a highly creative phase including projects that ranged from museum installations and the Maison Cavalli (the showroom cafés in Miami, Milan and Moscow) to a series of interest architecture, fashion and design enthusiasts.
Among the recent projects: the renovation of Palazzo Forcella - De Seta and the Marine Station at the harbour in Palermo; a Hindu temple and a private mansion in Bombay; a series of squares and public spaces in different Italian cities and the project for the new Museum of Modern Art at the Arengario in Milan.
In June in Spain he signed the Exhibition Pavillon 'Ciudades de Agua" for Expo Saragoza 2008.