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Senator for life
Renzo Piano
OMRI OMCA

Piano in 2007
Born (1937-09-14) 14 September 1937 (age 79)
Genoa, Italy
Nationality Italian
Alma mater Politecnico di Milano
Occupation Architect
Awards Pritzker Architecture Prize
RIBA Gold Medal
Sonning Prize
AIA Gold Medal
Kyoto Prize
Buildings Kansai International Airport
Centre Georges Pompidou
Parco della Musica
Shard London Bridge
The New York Times Building
Parliament House (Malta)

Architecture is a very dangerous job. If a writer makes a bad book, eh, people don't read it. But if you make bad architecture, you impose ugliness on a place for a hundred years.
Renzo Piano
The day I went to see my father to say I wanted to become an architect, he was a bit surprised, because for him being a builder is much more than being just an architect. He was very angry, and I never thought I could do something else.
Renzo Piano
In some way, people believe that if you are permeable, if you are a good listener, you don't have the quality of somebody with a firm attitude. This is what, fundamentally, I got from my mother.
Renzo Piano
Architects have to dream. We have to search for our Atlantises, to be explorers, adventurers, and yet to build responsibly and well.
Renzo Piano
I don't want to be romantic, but one of the most important things is to have happy buildings… it's like having a family with a lot of children.
Renzo Piano
London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design.
Renzo Piano
As an architect, you cannot be so arrogant as to say you are 100% sure about what you do.
Renzo Piano
Enjoying art is a personal matter. It's made up by contemplation, silence, abstraction.
Renzo Piano
When I was a student in the '60s, I dreamt of making a house 7 feet by 7 feet, as a dream of freedom, of self-moderation.
Renzo Piano
I don't like the idea that the first preparation when you start to design your building has to put your label. I think this is not fair. It's not fair to the building or to the people, to the client, because every building tells a different story.
Renzo Piano
A builder is like a little god – somebody who does things, doesn't just draw things.
Renzo Piano
I came to architecture from building. Because my father was a builder, everybody was – and is – a builder in my family.
Renzo Piano
When you design a building, you start from a general philosophy, and you come down, and you start from detail and come up. Only the theoretical architect believes that you can make the concept and then sometime, somebody will come to build it.
Renzo Piano
In a way I spend my entire life stealing from everything – from the past, from cities I love, from where I grew up – grabbing things, taking not only from architecture but from Italy, art, writing, poetry, music.
Renzo Piano
Great American art needs the idea of uninterrupted spaces, like a loft, which itself is something very American.
Renzo Piano
In architecture you should live for 150 years, because you have to learn in the first 75 years.
Renzo Piano
As an architect, you have to provide a shelter to enjoy art. And you have to love art. It's like when you make a concert hall. You must love music. This is the reason why you make the space, to enjoy music – making a space for art is the same thing.
Renzo Piano
You have to accept as an architect to be exposed to criticism. Architecture should not rely on full harmony.
Renzo Piano
A museum is a place where one should lose one's head.
There is something about giving everything to your profession. In Italian, an obsession is not necessarily negative. It's the art of putting all your energy into one thing; it's the art of transforming even what you eat for lunch into architecture.
Renzo Piano
I don't remember a single thing in my childhood that was not related in some way to building.
Renzo Piano
A piazza is not a plaza. The plaza is the theme park of the piazza; the plaza is the commercial version. A piazza is an empty space with no function. This is what Europeans understand.
Renzo Piano
Every year I spend one month just sailing, but I still work when I'm on the boat. You never separate work from leisure. A boat is like a magic world, like a little island.
Renzo Piano
The difference between a builder and an architect is that an architect also cares about desire, about dreams.
Renzo Piano
I think people should try to teach young children that these qualities – stubbornness and a capacity to listen – might look like they are opposites, but they are not.
Renzo Piano