Renzo Piano

Infobox Architect

caption=Pompidou centre, Parisifdc|

name=Renzo Piano
birth_date=birth date and age|1937|9|14
significant_buildings=Centre Georges Pompidou
Parco della Musica
Shard London Bridge
awards=Pritzker Architecture Prize
American Institute of Architects Gold Medal
Sonning Prize|
Renzo Piano (born September 14 1937) is a world renowned Italian architect and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, AIA Gold Medal and the Sonning Prize.


Piano was born in Genoa, where he still maintains a home and office (Building Workshop). He was educated and subsequently taught at the Politecnico di Milano. From 1965 to 1970 he worked with Louis Kahn and with Makowsky. He worked together with Richard Rogers from 1971 to 1977; their most famous joint project is the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1977). He also had a long collaboration with the extraordinary engineer Peter Rice.

On March 18, 2008, he became an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina [] .

elect projects

* Swatch 'Jelly Piano' wristwatch, 1999 Summer Collection model. "My most proud work" (Piano, 2001)
* Rocca di Frassinello Winery, Gavorrano, Italy (2002-2007)
* Renzo Piano Tower I & II, San Francisco, California (2006-)
* Trans National Place, Boston, Massachusetts (2006-)
* Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York (2005-)
* Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts (2005-)
* Sesto San Giovanni Masterplan, Milan (2004-)
* Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2003-)
* California Academy of Sciences rebuilding, San Francisco, California (to open 2008)
* New York Times Building on 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York City (2008)
* Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, expansion project (to open 2009)
* Nichols Bridgeway, Chicago, Illinois (to open 2009)
* Zentrum Paul Klee (2006) in Bern, Switzerland
* Morgan Library Expansion (2003-2006) New York City, New York
* High Museum of Art Expansion (2005) Atlanta, Georgia
* Parco della Musica auditorium, Rome, Italy (2002)
* Beyeler Foundation Museum, Basel, Switzerland
* Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas,Texas USA (opened 2003)
* Aurora Place (1996-2000), Sydney, Australia
* Cité Internationale (1995-2006), Lyon, France
* Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center (1991-98), Nouméa, New Caledonia
* Kansai International Airport (1987-1990), Osaka (Japan)
* Menil Collection, Houston, Texas USA (opened 1987)
* IBM Travelling Pavilion
* IRCAM & the Centre Georges Pompidou (1972-1977), Paris, France
* NEMO science museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1997)

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Pritzker Architecture Prize biography]
* [ Video recording of 2006 Ulrich Franzen Lecture at the New York Architectural League]
* [ interview with Renzo Piano]
* [ Renzo Piano profile and examples on]
* [ Renzo Piano -]
* [ "Renzo Piano - A celebrity architect without all the glitz" Slate article]
* [ California Academy of Sciences website about the new building designed by Renzo Piano]
* [ Kimbell Art Foundation selects Architect for New Building]
* [ Kansai International Airport (Osaka - 1990)]
* [ Meridiana Centro Uffici (Lecco - 1993)]
* [ Lingotto Exhibition Center (Turin - 1995)]
* [ Banca Popolare di Lodi (Lodi - 1999)]
* [ Crown Princess, Regal Princess (2000)]

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