Since shooting to fame in 1978 with the George Pompidou Centre in Paris, Renzo Piano has made quite a name for himself as the prolific, Italian architect capable of achieving a masterful balance between art, architecture and engineering. His intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques have led him to develop a wide-ranging portfolio that successfully integrates high-tech design with comfortable humanitarian elements.

Described as “sophisticated, refined and elegant,” the presence of Renzo Piano’s work is internationally celebrated. Born into a family of Italian builders, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect today leads a staff of more than 150 employees at his practice – the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, situated in Genoa, Paris and New York.

Architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff of The New York Times described Piano’s work the best when he said, ‘The serenity of his best building can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world.”

Piano has several large-scale projects at various stages of construction, scattered across the globe and celebrated across the industry. While we have been continuously following the conceptualization, construction and completion of The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, Piano’s presence isn’t limited to Europe. The veteran architect is also currently spearheading the design for the Satellite Museum in New York; an interior renovation in Los Angeles; and a recently-completed museum wing in Boston.

No matter the project, location or scale, Piano’s ability to craft architecture with a sense of lightness, strong attention to detail and overwhelming elegance, sets this master of modernism – in a league of his own.