Renzo Piano – Net Worth, Wife (Emilia Rossato), Buildings, Biography

Renzo Piano is an Italian architect famous for designing The Shard skyscraper in London. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1998.

Biography

He was born on September 14, 1937, in Genoa, Italy.

His dad (Carlo Piano), his grandfather, and three uncles were all contractors. ”I was born into a family of builders,” Piano remembered, ”and this has given me a special relationship with the art of ‘doing.’”

”Why would you want to be an architect when you can be a builder?” his father replied when Renzo told him that he wants to be an architect.

In 1964, Piano graduated from the School of Architecture at Milan Polytechnic.

From 1965 to 1968, Renzo taught at the Politecnico di Milano.

For a while, he worked with Z.S. Makowsky and Louis Kahn.

In 1981, he founded his firm, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Today, the company has offices in Genoa and Paris, and it employs over 110 architects.

One of his first projects was the Centre Georges Pompidou.

In 1992, Piano began the $500 million rehabilitation of Genoa’s harbor.

In 1995, he was the recipient of the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale prize for architecture.

In 1998, Renzo Piano received the Pritzker Architecture Award.

In 2004, he became head of the Renzo Piano Foundation.

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In 2012, Renzo completed The Shard – the tallest building in the United Kingdom (309.6 meters high). The building features 11,000 panes of glass. Renzo said that the building is designed “to express its sharp and light presence in the urban panorama of London.”

In 2013, the Italian architect was nominated Senator for Life. In the same year, Piano was elected into the National Academy of Design in NYC.

In August 2020, Piano completed Genoa-Saint George Bridge, which is the replacement for the Polcevera Viaduct, which collapsed on August 14, 2018.

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”This tragedy has always been on our minds and has never been forgotten,” Renzo told Mapei in October 2020. He added: ”A bridge that collapses is a terrible thing, and in this particular case, it was the cause of 43 deaths.”

His firm said in a statement: ”Its rapid reconstruction aims to become a model for the renovation and adaptation of Italian infrastructure.”

In 2021, Piano was featured in the documentary ”The Boy with the Leica.”

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Buildings & Projects

Some of Piano’s buildings and projects include:

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  • the Colombia University campus in West Harlem;
  • Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo in Turin;
  • the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago;
  • Church of Padre Pio in Italy;
  • The New York Times Building in NYC;
  • the Muse Science Museum in Trento;
  • the National Center for Science and Technology in Amsterdam;
  • The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco;
  • the Kansai International Airport Terminal;
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo;
  • the Whitney Museum in New York;
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens;
  • Parco della Musica in Rome;
  • The Shard in London;
  • the UNESCO Otranto Urban Regeneration Workshop in Otranto;
  • NEMO science museum in Amsterdam;
  • the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.

Wife

From 1962 to 1989, Renzo was married to Magda Arduino.

In 1992, Renzo Piano married Emilia Rossato.

Renzo Piano and wife Emilia Rossato
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Piano has four children: Giorgio, Lia, Matteo, and Carlo.

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Quotes

”Art and beauty switches on a special light in your eyes.”

”Cities are a human invention, they don’t exist in nature.”

”Light is magic and probably one of the most important materials for architects.”

Renzo Piano – Net Worth

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Piano earned most of his wealth from founding and managing Renzo Piano Building Workshop. It completed more than 140 projects across Asia, North America, and Europe.

In 2018, Renzo Piano Building Workshop had a turnover of $15.59 million.

Therefore, Italian architect Renzo Piano has an estimated net worth of $25 million, making him one of the richest architects in the world.

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