Happy Birthday Renzo Piano! The world-renowned architect was born on this day in Genoa in 1937. After training with his father and the architect Franco Albini and completing studies at the Politecnico di Milano (1964), Piano worked with Philadelphia-based Louis Kahn and London-based Z.S. Makowsky. His Centre Georges Pompidou (1971–7, Paris ) brought him international fame, and he has designed many museum spaces since then, including the De Menil Collection in Houston, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, and expansion projects for the High Museum in Atlanta and Kimbell in Fort Worth. Piano won the Pritzker Prize in 1998. His design workshop has numerous ongoing projects including several university campus plans, art centers, and office buildings.

Reference: Mercedes Daguerre. “Piano, Renzo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Further reading: Renzo Piano by Philip Jodidio (2012)

The Menil Collection, 1982-1986, Houston, TX, U.S.A, Photos: Richard T. Bryant; Hickey & Robertson Photography

Centre Georges Pompidou, 1971-1977, Paris, France, Photo: Gianni Berengo Gardin

London Bridge Tower, ”The Shard,” 2000-12, London, England, U.K., Photos: © Michel Denancé

Nasher Sculpture Center, 1999-2003, Dallas, TX

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