New York, U.S.A
The purpose of this Exhibition is to educate and broaden the knowledge of Architecture with a selection of projects by the architects of Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Exhibition consists of 24 monographic tables telling the story of 24 different projects through models, drawings, photos and videos. “The atmosphere of the exhibition will be somewhere between a reading room in a library, a classroom in a school and a gallery in a natural history museum.” wrote Renzo Piano to Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org), which funded the exhibition at the beginning of the design process.
The “Renzo Piano Building Workshop” was born in 1981.
Today there are 150 persons working with the Genoese architect in his offices of Paris, Genoa and New York. With them he has built all over the world: the Menil Collection in Houston, the airport Kansai in Osaka, the Beyeler Museum in Basel, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia, the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the Music Park Auditorium in Rome, the Morgan Library & Museum and New York Times Building in New York, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and the “Shard” of London Bridge.
Renzo Piano’s career began in London in 1971 where he founded the “Piano & Rogers” Atelier in collaboration with Richard Rogers with whom he won the contest for the realization of the Pompidou Centre of Paris.
Since then his works have been awarded with many prizes which include the “Royal Gold Medal” for architecture from the RIBA in 1989, the “Imperial Praemium” in Tokyo in 1995, the “Erasmus Prize” in Amsterdam in the Netherlands also in 1995, the “Pritzker Architecture Prize” in 1998, “Leone d’Oro alla Carriera” Venice in 2000, l’AIA Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and the President’s Medal of Architectural League in 2013.
The Fondazione Renzo Piano, a non-profit organization, was established in Genoa in 2004. It is involved in two main programs: conservation and education. The conservation program consists in archiving all of the different documents produced in over 40 years of work. As part of the educational effort it sponsors scholarships for students selected by universities throughout the world, who come for a six months work experience in the Genoa and Paris offices. Other activities include publishing and organization of exhibits and conferences.