The partnership between Roberto Gabetti and Aimaro Isola – both professors at the Politecnico di Torino’s Department of Architecture – spanned from 1950 to 2000 and was one of the most productive collaborations within modern and contemporary architecture. Right from the start, their prolific output was characterised by the close attention to landscape and environmental issues surrounding each project on different scales. Many of their designs were exhibited and received significant critical attention. Their work was also frequently published in architectural magazines and national and international publications, inspiring a nuanced debate about the relationship between modernity and tradition. Several monographs dedicated to their work have analysed their design philosophy in depth. Their designs and architectural works have been featured in many exhibitions and today are included in a number of important collections, including the MOMA in New York (the little armchair designed for the Turin Stock Exchange in 1952), the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Accademia di San Luca and the MAXXI Museum in Rome.
Giorgio Raineri was a member of Gabetti & Isola’s firm from 1951 to 1969 and collaborated with them on many projects, including their winning bid to design the Turin Stock Exchange. He later went on to pursue his own career as a leading architect and intellectual.