Renzo Piano

2013 President's Medal honoree

April 9, 2013

Photos © Joan Cuenco

On April 9, 2013, The Architectural League of New York presented its President’s Medal to Renzo Piano, founder of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa, Paris, and New York. The President’s Medal is the Architectural League’s highest honor and is bestowed, 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.

Recent recipients of the President’s Medal include Amanda BurdenMassimo and Lella VignelliHugh HardyRichard MeierAda Louise Huxtable, Robert A.M. Stern, Kenneth FramptonTod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

In presenting the award, Architectural League President Annabelle Selldorf read the following citation:

Renzo Piano pursues architecture as a profoundly humanistic and optimistic undertaking. He understands architecture as both art and science, and the work of the architect as the constant effort to hold in balance a series of inherent dualisms: discipline and freedom, memory and invention, nature and technology. Renzo Piano and the Building Workshop create meaning through the act of making, experimenting continuously with light and materials and structure, guided by a deep awareness that everything crafted by humans is nonetheless embedded in the world of nature. Embracing the full spectrum of human activity, the work of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop ranges from sublime settings for art and music, to buildings that express and support the nobility of scientific inquiry, to places that celebrate and project into the future the historical continuity of societies and cultures.

With deep admiration for this passionate and sustained search and the extraordinary body of work it has produced, The Architectural League awards its 2013 President’s Medal to Renzo Piano.

Proceeds from the dinner help support the programs of The Architectural League.