Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano is an Italian architect. In 1998, He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (with Richard Rogers, 1977) is one of his notable buildings, The Shard in London (2012), the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (2015) and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens (2016). 

The piano was born in Genoa, Italy, into a family of builders. His grandfather had formed a masonry enterprise, which had been expanded by his father and his father’s three brothers, into the firm Fratelli Piano. The firm increased after World War II, constructing houses and factories and selling construction materials.

Piano was a tutor at the Polytechnic University from 1965 to 1968 and then expanded his boundaries and technical skills by working in two large international firms, for the modernist architect Louis Kahn in Philadelphia and the Polish engineer Zygmunt Stanisław Makowski in London. His first building was the IPE factory in Genoa, in 1968, with a roof of steel and reinforced polyester, and created a continuous membrane for the shelter of a pavilion at the Milan Triennale in the same year.