|Died||22 May 1997 (aged 90)|
|Alma mater||Polytechnic University of Milan|
|Casa Littoria (now Casa della Libertà), Bergamo|
He was the son of Luigi Bergonzo, an engineering graduate from Bern who had moved to Bergamo in the early 1900s. He studied at the Liceo Sarpi, before enrolling at the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1925, where he met Franco Albini and Giancarlo Palanti. His studies were interrupted by military service, but he graduated in 1933.
He worked in his father's established studio, which helped him get to know directly other renowned professionals and artists in the field of decoration. The quality of his early work was noted and he began to receive commissions from various public and private clients, most often in Bergamo.
After the war, he was purged from the professional register for political reasons, but in 1946 he was reinstated and won a competition for the Lido di Venezia. Bergonzo's post-war work includes the Casa Trussardi in Bergammo, the Teatro Manzoni in Milan, port works in Saudi Arabia, and a theatre in Cairo. He also designed the fourth City Gate of Valletta, Malta in the mid-1960s.
After designing many public works, Bergonzo began to reserve his projects for private clients, at the same time devoting some of his time to painting, especially in the last few years of his life. He died in Milan in 1997, shortly after the opening of his last major work, the new Piazza della Libertà in Bergamo.
Extension of Reggiani divisione tessile factory, Bergamo, 1954-57 (photo by Paolo Monti)
Palazzo Congressi, Stresa, 1956-57
Church of Sant'Antonio, piazza Tre Martiri, Rimini, 1963