Architect Renzo Piano on the art of making buildings

Famous for The Shard among many other iconic designs, the Italian architect Renzo Piano describes his philosophy and his endless search for beauty.

"An architect is trained for those things: to observe the world, to listen to the world, to understand."

A new exhibition recently opened at the Royal Academy of Arts in London is celebrating the work of Renzo Piano.

The legendary Genoese architect – considered one of the world’s greatest – has designed, among others, the New York Times Building and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, London’s The Shard, and along with Richard Rogers, the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Speaking with Jonathan Glancey at the Royal Academy, Renzo Piano explains his love of making buildings, his association with lightness, the importance of youthful rebellion and his ongoing love affair with London.

Renzo Piano – The Art of Making Buildings is at the Royal Academy of Arts, London until 20 January 2019.

This story is part of the series, Masters of Design, where the leading names in design, fashion and architecture reveal the secrets of their trade. Find out what inspires them, why design matters and what it takes to reach the top of their profession.

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