After graduating from Milan Polytechnic in 1974, Pierluigi Cerri was a founding partner of Gregotti Associati and for many years the “graphic soul” of the studio.
He helped to create the graphics for some of the most prestigious magazines and book series, working for many Italian publishers. He was responsible for the graphic projects of Casabella and Rassegna di Architettura e Urbanistica.
He also worked on the layouts of a large number of exhibitions: at the Brera Academy and Triennale in Milan, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Lingotto in Turin, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Science Museum in London and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
With Gregotti & Associati he has won numerous Architecture competitions including the Bélem Cultural Centre in Lisbon, conversion of the Pirelli area in the Milan Bicocca district and preparation of the universal exposition site in Seville.
In 1998, he left the Gregotti Studio and founded Cerri & Associati, together with Alessandro Colombo. The studio provides architectural, industrial and ship design. Its Naòs System designed for Unifor won the Compasso d’Oro Award in 2004.
It has curated the visual identity of cultural institutes and events (the Biennale in Venice in 1976, the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the MART in Trento and Rovereto, the Lingotto in Turin, Pitti Immagine in Florence) and many companies (Prada, Ferrari Auto, Unifor, iGuzzini and Fratelli Guzzini, Pirelli).
The most important projects by Studio Cerri & Associati include the redevelopment of the Trade Fair district in Bologna, refurbishment of the Palazzo Rosso Museum in Genoa, the new Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan, Trussardi sales points in Florence, Bologna, Rome and Paris.
For FontanaArte, Pierluigi Cerri designed the Nuova Segno Tre floor lamp and the Sara family, which introduced plastics to this historic Milanese company’s catalogue.