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Renzo Piano (born 14 September, 1937) is a world renowned Italianmarker architect and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, AIA Gold Medal, Kyoto Prize and the Sonning Prize. One admirer said the "serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world". His work also has its strong critics, to the point of infamously being called "a hodgepodge of tents, greenhouses and scaffolding."


Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1937 and maintains a home and office (Building Workshop) in the area. He was educated and subsequently taught at the Politecnico di Milanomarker. He graduated from the University in 1964 and began working with experimental lightweight structures and basic shelters. From 1965 to 1970 he worked with Louis Kahn and with Makowsky. He worked together with Richard Rogers from 1971 to 1978; their most famous joint project is the Centre Georges Pompidoumarker in Parismarker (1977). He also had a long collaboration with the engineer Peter Rice.

In 1981, Piano founded the "Renzo Piano Building Workshop", employing a hundred people with offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York.

On 18 March, 2008, he became an honorary citizen of Sarajevomarker, Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker .

Piano’s recent expansion of the Art Institute of Chicagomarker includes a 264,000 square foot wing with 60,000 square feet of gallery space called the Modern Wing, which opens May 16, 2009. It includes a "flying carpet", a sunscreen that hovers above the roof and a 620-foot steel bridge connecting Millennium Park to a sculpture terrace that leads into a restaurant on the wing’s third floor.

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  1. Renzo Piano počasni građanin Sarajeva
  2. Barliant, Claire. " Museum Memory." Modern Painters, April 2009.

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