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Renzo Piano Hon RA (b. 1937)

Renzo Piano was born in Genoa in 1937 into a family of builders.

While studying at Politecnico of Milan University, he worked in the office of Franco Albini. In 1971, he set up the Piano & Rogers office in London together with Richard Rogers RA, with whom he won the competition for the Centre Pompidou. He subsequently moved to Paris.

From the early 1970s to the 1990s, he worked with the engineer Peter Rice, sharing the Atelier Piano & Rice from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop was established, with 150 staff and offices in Paris and Genoa.

Since 2004 he has also been working for the Renzo Piano Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the architectural profession through educational programs and educational activities. The new headquarters was established in Punta Nave (Genoa), in June 2008.

In September 2013 Renzo Piano was appointed senator for life by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and in May 2014 he received the Columbia University Honorary Degree.


Honorary RA

Born: 1937 in Genoa, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Elected Hon RA: 31 May 2007

Gender: Male

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Preferred media: Architecture

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