Renzo Piano, Architect

Winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1998, Renzo Piano has designed several critically acclaimed art museums; foremost among them are the Beyeler Museum in Basel, the Menil Collection in Houston and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (in collaboration with Richard Rogers). He has been praised as an architect who has the genius to meld art, architecture and advanced engineering to create some of the most remarkable museums in the world.

Beyond his work on art museums, Piano is noted for his design of the Kansai International Air Terminal in Osaka, Japan; the Museum of Science and Technology in Amsterdam; and a cultural center in Nouméa, New Caledonia. Piano contributed to the dramatic restoration of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, both as master planner and architect.

Piano has also worked on the rehabilitation of historic buildings, including the Lingotto Factory renovation in Turin, Italy, and the revitalization of the Old Harbor in Genoa, Italy, among many others.

In addition to his design for the Nasher Sculpture Center, Mr. Piano’s recent projects include expansions of the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; new facilities for the Morgan Library in New York City; The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California; The New York Times building in New York City; and a master plan for Columbia University.

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