Renzo Piano was born in September 1937 in Genoa, the ancient Italian port on the Mediterranean.He studied in Florence and in Milan, where he worked in the office of Franco Albini and experienced the first student rebellions of the 1960s.
Born into a family of builders, frequent visits to his father Carlo’s building sites gave him the opportunity to combine practical and academic experience.
He graduated from the Politecnico University in Milan in 1964. From 1965 to 1970, he combined his first experimental work with his brother Ermanno together with numerous trips to Great Britain and the United States.

In 1971, he set up the Piano & Rogers office in London with Richard Rogers. Together they won the competition for the Centre Pompidou and he subsequently moved to Paris.
From the early 1970s to the 1990s, he worked with engineer Peter Rice, sharing the Atelier Piano & Rice from 1977 to 1981.

In 1981, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) was established, and it currently has a staff of 150 and offices in Paris, Genoa and New York.
RPBW has designed buildings all around the world: the Menil Collection in Houston, the terminal for Kansai International Airport in Osaka, the Fondation Beyeler Museum in Basel, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the redevelopment of the Genoa harbour, the Auditorium “Parco della Musica” in Rome, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the extensions of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Morgan Library in New York, the Maison Hermès in Tokyo, the New York Times headquarters, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, the rehabilitation of the Ronchamp site, the expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Recognition of his achievements has included awards such as the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo in 1995, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in1998, and the AIA Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2008.

Some of his most important current projects include the redevelopment and enlargement of the Fogg Museum in Cambridge (Massachusetts), the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Campus of Columbia University in New York, an expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Forth Worth, the London Bridge Tower in London, the Tower San Paolo in Turin, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens and the Botin Art Centre in Santander, Spain.

Married to Milly, he lives in Paris and has four children: Carlo, Matteo, Lia and Giorgio.


1989 – Ushibuka Bridge, Kumamoto, Japan
1989 – Punta Nave – Renzo Piano, Building Workshop, Genoa, Italy
1991 – Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Nouméa, New Caledonia
1991 – Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia), Italy
1991 – Banca Popolare di Lodi and Auditorium, Lodi (Milan), Italy
1992 – Reconstruction of a section of Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
1992 – Cy Twombly Gallery, Houston, Texas
1992 – National Center for Science and Technology ,Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992 – Atelier Brancusi, Paris, France
1993 – Mercedes Benz Design Centre, Sindelfingen (Stuttgart), Germany
1994 – Rome Auditorium, Rome, Italy
1995 – Commercial, Leisure and Service Center, Nola (Naples), Italy
1995 – Renovation of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1996 – Ferrari Wind Tunnel, Maranello (Modena), Italy
1996 – 88 Phillip Street Office Tower & Macquarie Apartments – Aurora Place, Sydney, Australia
1997 – KPN Telecom Office Tower , Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 – Maison Hermès, Tokyo, Japan
1998 – “Il Sole 24 Ore” headquarters, Milan, Italy
1999 – Department Store, Cologne, Germany
1999 – The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A
1999 – Paul Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland
1999 – “Braço de Prata” housing complex, Lisbon, Portugal
2000 – London Bridge Tower, London, England
2000 – Interventions in the old harbour concerning the G8 summit, Genoa, Italia==t

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