Giorgio Grassi one of Italy’s most important modern architects, and part of the so-called Italian rationalist school, also known as La Tendenza, Grassi’s architecture is the most severely rational of the group: his extremely formal work is predicated on absolute simplicity, clarity, and honesty without ingratiation, rhetoric, or spectacular shape-making; it refers to historical archetypes of form and space and has a strong concern with the making of urban space. For these reasons, Grassi is a non-conformist and a critic of conventional mainstream architecture.
He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano university, where he graduated in 1960. He worked for the magazine Casabella-continuità for 3 years until 1964 and has been professor at the Politecnico di Milano and other universities since 1965
Together with Aldo Rossi, Grassi argued that architecture had to look within itself to an autonomous methodology, separate from political, economic, social and technological events
Grassi’s architecture also incorporates a sensitivity to classical and neo-classical architecture
Grassi’s trademarks are his use of exposed brick in most of his buildings as well as square windows.
In his works of new plant emphasizes the rationalism of his compositions, sharp edges, bucket, simple forms, no doubt with many influences from the great French master Le Corbusier.