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Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect & Engineer

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Renowned architect Renzo Piano has won many architecture awards, most notably the Pritzker Prize, the AIA Gold Medal, and the Sonning Prize. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), based in Genoa, Paris, and New York, employs more than a hundred architects, engineers, and building specialists. Working with this exceptional team, Piano has executed designs as city-defining as The Shard in London—Europe’s tallest building—and as varied as department stores, churches, factories, housing, university buildings, stadia, a winery, a bridge—and even a Swatch watch.

Born into a family of builders in the Italian port city of Genoa in 1937, Piano brings extraordinary credentials and experience to the Kimbell. As a young man, he worked briefly in the office of Louis I. Kahn before establishing the firm Piano & Rogers with the dynamic young Anglo-Italian architect Richard Rogers. Soon afterward, a brilliant young engineer, Peter Rice, invited the partners to join him in entering an open competition to design the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The Beaubourg, as it came to be known, was a new kind of cultural institution, conceived for a dawning era of freewheeling multimedia aesthetics. Piano and Rogers saw an opportunity to explore bold new architectural ideas, which Piano described as “a rebellion against the mystification of culture.” There were 700 other entries in the competition, but they did win it—and built it.

In 1980, Piano, now a principal of Atelier Piano & Rice, was approached by the Schlumberger oil-equipment heiress Dominique de Menil to design a museum in Houston to house her impressive collection of art. She and her husband John had previously commissioned Louis I. Kahn, but after Mr. de Menil died in 1973, Dominique de Menil abandoned the project. When she was ready to begin again, Kahn was no longer alive: she turned to Piano for the assignment. The result is an exposed steel and wood pavilion, minimalist in form, which was immediately hailed as a new milestone in museum architecture.

Since then, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, established in 1981, has received a steady stream of museum commissions, including two other much-loved spaces in Texas: the Cy Twombly Gallery, also commissioned by the Menil Collection and located on its campus, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Piano also designed what is often credited as being one of the most perfect small museums in the world, the Fondation Beyeler outside Basel, Switzerland.

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (2008), the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), and a new entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (2012), are among other major American museum projects realized by Renzo Piano and RPBW. The team is currently working on a major new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art that will be located astride the High Line elevated park in downtown New York City.

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Renzo Piano

Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect & Engineer

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Renzo Piano Biography

Renowned architect Renzo Piano has won many architecture awards, most notably the Pritzker Prize, the AIA Gold Medal, and the Sonning Prize. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), based in Genoa, Paris, and New York, employs more than a hundred architects, engineers, and building specialists. Working with this exceptional team, Piano has executed designs as city-defining as The Shard in London—Europe’s tallest building—and as varied as department stores, churches, factories, housing, university buildings, stadia, a winery, a bridge—and even a Swatch watch.

Born into a family of builders in the Italian port city of Genoa in 1937, Piano brings extraordinary credentials and experience to the Kimbell. As a young man, he worked briefly in the office of Louis I. Kahn before establishing the firm Piano & Rogers with the dynamic young Anglo-Italian architect Richard Rogers. Soon afterward, a brilliant young engineer, Peter Rice, invited the partners to join him in entering an open competition to design the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The Beaubourg, as it came to be known, was a new kind of cultural institution, conceived for a dawning era of freewheeling multimedia aesthetics. Piano and Rogers saw an opportunity to explore bold new architectural ideas, which Piano described as “a rebellion against the mystification of culture.” There were 700 other entries in the competition, but they did win it—and built it.

In 1980, Piano, now a principal of Atelier Piano & Rice, was approached by the Schlumberger oil-equipment heiress Dominique de Menil to design a museum in Houston to house her impressive collection of art. She and her husband John had previously commissioned Louis I. Kahn, but after Mr. de Menil died in 1973, Dominique de Menil abandoned the project. When she was ready to begin again, Kahn was no longer alive: she turned to Piano for the assignment. The result is an exposed steel and wood pavilion, minimalist in form, which was immediately hailed as a new milestone in museum architecture.

Since then, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, established in 1981, has received a steady stream of museum commissions, including two other much-loved spaces in Texas: the Cy Twombly Gallery, also commissioned by the Menil Collection and located on its campus, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Piano also designed what is often credited as being one of the most perfect small museums in the world, the Fondation Beyeler outside Basel, Switzerland.

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (2008), the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), and a new entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (2012), are among other major American museum projects realized by Renzo Piano and RPBW. The team is currently working on a major new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art that will be located astride the High Line elevated park in downtown New York City.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Renzo Piano for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Renzo Piano, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Renzo Piano or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Renzo Piano?

    Booking fees for Renzo Piano, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Renzo Piano, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Renzo Piano?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Renzo Piano for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Renzo Piano for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Renzo Piano or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Renzo Piano or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Renzo Piano is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Renzo Piano for your event is available upon request. Renzo Piano generally travels from ParisFrance and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Frank Gehry, Ian Firth, Lori Cheek, William McDonough and Rem Koolhaas. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Renzo Piano for an upcoming event.

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