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Gino Valle


Gino Valle was a renowned Italian architect and designer, born in Udine, Italy, in 1923. He graduated from the IUAV University in Venice in 1948 and joined his father's architectural firm, Studio Architetti Valle. Valle's career received a significant boost in 1951 when he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of City and Regional Planning. Valle's design acumen extended beyond architecture into product design, where he served as a consultant for prominent companies like Solari and Zanussi in the late 1950s. His innovative designs won him the coveted "Golden Compass" prize in 1956, 1962, and 1963, followed by a career achievement award in 1995. In 1964, Valle was recognized with full professorship, leading to his teaching in various universities around the world, including Europe, South Africa, and Harvard in the United States, from 1967 to 1971. Valle returned to IUAV in Venice in 1972 as an associate professor of architectural design, later becoming a full professor in 1977 and teaching until 2001. Among his numerous accolades, Valle was a member of the prestigious Academy of San Luca since 1975 and was awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Architecture by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 1993, he became an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2002, the President of the Italian Republic awarded him the Silver Medal of The School of Arts and Culture. Gino Valle passed away in his hometown of Udine in 2003, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the world of architecture and design.

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