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Renzo Piano, Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect


Renzo Piano, Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect

Renzo Piano, Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect

Photo courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee


September 14, 1937 in Genoa, Italy


Renzo Piano was born into a family of builders. His grandfather, father, four uncles, and brother were contractors. Renzo Piano payed honor to this tradition when he named his architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop.


  • 1959-1964: Studied at the Milan Politecnico, where he taught until 1968
  • 1964: Worked in his father's company
  • 1965-1970: Worked in offices of Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia and Zygmunt Stanisław Makowski in London


Partnership with English architect Richard Rogers, 1970-1978. Piano and Rogers jointly designed many important buildings in Italy and Europe.

Famous Buildings by Renzo Piano:

About Renzo Piano:

Renzo Piano is often called a "High-Tech" architect because his designs showcase technological shapes and materials. However, human needs and comfort are at the center of Piano's designs.

Critics note that Piano's work is rooted in the classical traditions of his Italian homeland. Judges for the Pritzker Architecture Prize credited Piano with redefining modern and postmodern architecture.

Renzo Piano is also celebrated for his landmark examples of energy-efficient green design.

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