Born in Milan on February 27, 1929, she graduated in architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 1955. In those years, that kind of design was born with which even today the Italian "know-how" is identified. He began his university career in the field of planning. In '69 he obtained his teaching qualification and in 1980 he became professor of Architectural Technology, then of Industrial Design until 2001. Raffaella was among the founders of the Association of Industrial Design, of the magazine "Italia Nostra" and of the "Terragni" Foundation of Como. From 1973 to 1977 Raffaella became president of the Order of Architects of the province of Milan, a position held for the first time by a woman. Meanwhile Raffaella had met the engineer and architect Marcello Grisotti, a full professor in Bari and then at the Milan Polytechnic in Engineering, who had hired her as editor of the magazine «Architettura / Cantiere». Raffaella curated exhibitions of international importance such as «Il teatro in the Weimar Republic "at the Palazzo delle Stelline in '79 and" Puppets, marionettes and puppets from the eighteenth century to the present "at Palazzo Reale in 1980. Some of his design works were exhibited at the Moma in New York, in Tokyo, Paris, London. From the '74 he directed the series of «Researches of Technology of Architecture» for the publisher Franco Angeli and from 1988 the series «Design» for Hoepli.