Edoardo Gellner, a leading figure in the international world of Architecture, was born in Abbazia (now Opatija, Rijeka) on 20th January, 1909. In the 30s he worked as interior designer in Trieste and Rijeka, then moved to Venice where he graduated in 1945. Post war events and interesting job opportunities led him to Cortina d’Ampezzo and in the 50s he became internationally famous for some controversial works planned for 1956 Olympic Cortina and Corte di Cadore. The Corte Residential Village was specially designed for the then ENI President, Enrico Mattei, who also entrusted Gellner with the project of a whole corporate town by the Agip plants in Gela. Among Gellner’s most interesting works is the church named after Nostra Signora del Cadore, planned in cooperation with Carlo Scarpa. Gellner mainly devoted his long career to town and landscape planning and wrote many essays on traditional rural architecture in the mountain environment.