Italian architect renowned for his use of hi-tech methods and materials.
Born in Genoa, Piano attended the Milan Polytechnic School of Architecture and is now a visiting professor of architectural colleges in the USA, Oslo, and London. He collaborated with Richard Rogers on the renowned Pompidou Centre (Centre Beaubourg) in Paris (1977). Like Rogers, Piano is known for his imaginative exploitation of civil-engineering techniques and advanced artifical materials to create dramatic public structures. Piano's global practice has offices in three continents. His other major works include the De Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, a sports stadium in Bari, Italy, and the multibillion-dollar Kansai airport (1989) at Osaka, Japan's second city. The latter, built on an off-shore island, was required to be earthquake-proof.