Lella Vignelli is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Vignelli Associates and president of Vignelli Designs. Vignelli is a frequent speaker and juror for national and international design organisations.
Vignelli received a degree in architecture from the School of Architecture at the University of Venice and became a registered architect in Milan in 1962. In 1958, she received a tuition fellowship as a special student at the School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to establishing the offices of Vignelli Associates in 1971, and Vignelli Designs in 1978, with Massimo Vignelli, she worked with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago and established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan with Massimo Vignelli in 1960. In 1965, she became head of the interiors department for Unimark International Corporation in Milan and in New York (1966).