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Renzo Piano


Renzo Piano is an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect. In 2006, he was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Piano was selected as the 10th most influential person in the "Arts and Entertainment" category of the 2006 Time 100.

In August 2013 he was appointed Senator for Life in the Italian Senate by President Giorgio Napolitano.


PIANO, Renzo was born in 1937.


Milan Polytechnic School of Architecture.


Piano became known for his collaborations with other architects. From 1965 to 1970 he worked at the firm of Louis Kahn in Philadelphia and with Z.S. Makowsky in London. He established an architectural firm with Richard Rogers named Piano & Rogers, where they worked together from 1971 to 1977.

In 1981, Piano founded the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

In 1994, Renzo Piano won the international competition for the new Auditorium in Rome which became the most visited music facility in Europe.

In 2001, he designed the Maison Hermes store in Ginza, Tokyo in the design of a traditional Japanese magic lantern.

Piano's most notable projects include skyscrapers such as the The New York Times Building in Midtown, Manhattan and the The Shard in London, Europe's tallest skyscraper which was opened on July 6, 2012.


  • 1971 Founds the office of Piano St Rogers.

    1977 Founds the studio Piano St Rice with Peter Rice.

    1989 Awarded the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Gold Medal.

    1993 Founds the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

    1998 Awarded the Pnlzker Prize.


  • building

    • the Centre Pompidou in Paris

    • Kansai International Airport in Osaka

    • Meml Collection. Houston

    • Paul Klee Centre. Riehen, Bern. Switzerland

    • New York Times Building. New York

  • buildings

    • New buildings, Potsdamer Plat2, Berlin (Potsdamer Plat2 arcades. Casino)

    • the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia

  • project

    • Parco della Musica Auditorium. Rome


Quotations: An architect has the best job in the world, for on this little planet, where everything has already been discovered, the design of a project remains one of the greatest adventures still possible for us.