Renzo Piano

One of the world’s most admired and sought-after architects, Renzo Piano and his office, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, have completed projects that range from exquisite buildings for the display of art to corporate headquarters to industrial structures. In New York City alone, Piano and his firm are currently working on two major projects that will transform their neighborhoods: the new Manhattanville campus for Columbia University and the new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District. The Architectural League organized and presented the first American exhibition of the work of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in 1992.

Collected here is content from Piano’s long relationship with the League, including texts from the 1992 exhibition catalogue, a podcast of his Current Work lecture in 1997, and another from the Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment he gave in 2006.

Most recently, on April 9, 2013, Architectural League President Annabelle Selldorf presented the President’s Medal to Renzo Piano. The President’s Medal is the Architectural League’s highest honor and is bestowed annually, at the discretion of the League’s President and Board of Directors, on individuals to recognize an extraordinary body of work in architecture, urbanism, or design. Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger; Tom Pritzker, Chairman of the Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation; and Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art celebrated Renzo Piano in remarks. The President’s Medal exemplifies the Architectural League’s 130-year history of encouraging and honoring excellence in architecture, urbanism, and design. Recent recipients of the President’s Medal have included Amanda Burden, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, Ada Louise Huxtable, Robert A.M. Stern, Kenneth Frampton, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.


Published: April 11, 2013