Moretti, Luigi 1907–1973

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Moretti, Luigi 1907–1973

(Luigi Walter Moretti)

PERSONAL: Born January 2, 1907, in Rome, Italy; died July 14, 1973, in Isola di Capraia Italy; son of Giuseppe and Giuseppina (Palmerini) Moretti; married Maria Teresa Albani, July 3, 1968. Education: University of Rome, diploma in architecture (with honors), c. 1930.

CAREER: Owner and director of architectural and town planning firms in Rome and Milan, Italy, and in Algiers, Algeria, 1932–73. University of Rome, member of architecture faculty, 1931–34; National Institute for Mathematical Research and Urban Planning, founder, 1957. Architect; designer of dozens of buildings, including fencing school and Empire Square in Rome, apartment houses in Milan, Villa la Saracena, Montreal Stock-Exchange Tower, Fonti de Bonifacio VIII, Watergate building in Washington, DC, and houses in Alexandria, VA. City of Rome, member of committee for territorial planning, 1959–60, and town planning committee, 1964–73; member, Pontificia Commissione di Arte Sacra, 1960–73.

MEMBER: Accademia del Disegno, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca (national academician), American Institute of Architects (fellow).

AWARDS, HONORS: Valadier prize, 1930; first prize, Triennale Competition for Roman Studies, 1931; Italian national architecture prize, 1957; Vallombrosa prize, 1959; Gold Medal of the Professional Arts, 1960; Gold Medal for Sciences and Fine Arts, Italian Ministry of Public Information, c. 1964; national architecture prize, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 1968; winner of numerous building competitions.

WRITINGS:

(With Michel Tapié and Friedrich Leo Bayerthal) Musee-manifeste: structures et styles autres, Edizioni d'Arte F. Pozzo (Turin, Italy), 1963.

(With P. Pascal) Apocalisse, [Rome, Italy], 1964.

Structures in Michelangelo, 1964.

Generalized Structures in Borromini, 1967.

Contributor to architecture journals. Editor, Spazio, beginning 1952.

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BOOKS

Contemporary Architects, 3rd edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1994, pp. 665-668.