AD Interviews: Renzo Piano – Part I

Part I – Part IIPart III

Since first achieving international fame in 1978 with the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Renzo Piano has become known as a prolific, Italian architect capable of achieving a masterful balance between art, architecture and engineering. His intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques have led him to develop a wide-ranging portfolio that successfully merges high technology with humane and comfortable environments. Sophisticated, refined and elegant, the presence of ’s work is internationally celebrated. Originally born into a family of Italian builders, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect now leads a staff of 150 at his practice, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, from three locations – Genoa, Paris and New York. Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff of The New York Times described Piano’s work the best when he stated: “The serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world.” The next part of the interview will air on Monday Sept, 17th. Renzo Piano completed works featured on ArchDaily:

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You can also read our editorials Piano’s Progress and The Shard: A Skyscraper for our Post 9/11 World?.

Cite: Basulto, David. "AD Interviews: Renzo Piano – Part I" 14 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • J

    Any particular reasons why RPBW doesn’t work in China?
    This has been a question that I’ve had for a while!

    • Robb

      He hinted this at 5:23, toward Kolhaas maybe. Because China is the new Dubai, the bubble effect that megalomaniac architects like to exploit, and the political climate that allows that. That’s why Renzo is leaning toward humanistic architecture,as he calls his work.

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  • Thomas Walser

    How to get to part II?