Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano was born in 1937 into a family of builders, in Genoa – a
historic port city and a family profession, with both of which he developed
strong attachments. While studying at the Politecnico di Milano, he
worked in the offi ce of Franco Albini. After graduating in 1964, he began
to experiment with light, mobile temporary structures. Over the next fi ve
years, he travelled extensively, discovering much about Great Britain and
the United States. It was in London, in 1971, that he set up the Piano
& Rogers offi ce with Richard Rogers, with whom he won the competition
to design the Centre Pompidou. From there he moved to Paris, where,
between the early 1970s and 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, Genoa and New York.