Born in Genoa, Italy in 1937, Renzo Piano was destined to be an architect – or at least a contactor. His father, four uncles and brother were all contractors, so it seems natural that Piano would go into another adjacent field of construction. After graduating from Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture, Piano worked in the offices of Louis Khan in Philadelphia. Some of his most famous building are the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Menil Collection in Houston, and the California Academy of Sciences among others. Piano won the Pritzker Prize in 1998 and the AIA Gold Medal in 2008.
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