During my last visit to Amsterdam, I was walking around the city and saw from far a kind of old big boat, it was getting my attention as I was getting closer. It was by Night, and I noticed its lights turned on, actually; it was a building, a science center in the middle of water that looked exactly like a ship. I found this architecture very unique and highly adapted to the city. So I wanted to know more about its Architect. Renzo Piano is the genius architect behind it, and when I read about him, I was blown away by all his accomplishments.
Renzo Piano is an Italian architect and engineer born I 1937 in Genoa. He was first known for his collaborations with other architects.
In 1971, along with Richard Rogers they set up the “Piano & Rogers” office in London.
From 1977 to 1981 he shared the atelier Piano & Rice with Peter Rice.
Finally, In 1981 “Renzo Piano Building Workshop” was established, which is an international architectural practice, with 150 staff and offices located in Paris, Genoa, and New York, its goal is to provide full architectural design service from concept design to construction supervision
Mr. Piano received a lot of awards and recognitions such as:
- 1989 The Royal Gold Medal at the RIBA – London , U.K
- 1990 The Kyoto Prize – Kyoto, Japan
- 1994 The goodwill ambassador of UNESCO
- 1995 The praemium imperiale- Tokyo, Japan
- 1998 The Pritzker Architecture Prize at the white house – Washington, U.S
- 2000 The Leone d’oro alla Carriera – Venice – Italy
- 2008 The Gold Medal AIA – Washington, U.S
- 2009 The Sonning Prize – Copenhagen, Sweden