School of Architecture


Wednesday 31 July 2019 11:30am to 1:00pm


Room 51-207
Zelman Cowen Building (51) 
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


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The lecture explores Renzo Piano’s formative years, before the major achievement of the Centre Pompidou. The striking success of an architect little more than thirty years old in the famous 1971 international competition has long tended to eclipse his previous experience, which is fundamental to understanding the genesis not only of the Beaubourg, but all Piano’s subsequent work.

Immediately after graduating, Piano built a series of radical and innovative experimental structures, combining his mastery of prefabrication with an instinctive interest in industrial design. They were constructional experiments that revealed the teachings the youthful Piano had absorbed from his masters in Italy (Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso, Giuseppe Ciribini) and abroad (Jean Prouvé, Louis Kahn, Zygmunt Makowski and Robert Le Ricolais). Piano had long sought out and frequented these masters, travelling indefatigably in those years between Europe and the United States.

In the late Sixties Piano set up his partnership with Richard Rogers, the ‘elder brother’ who introduced him to the British context. Some months later, together with Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, Piano devised the competition entry for the Centre Pompidou, getting a worldwide recognition.

Presenter: Lorenzo Ciccarelli


Please direct all enquiries about this event to:

Bernard Llanos
+61 7 3365 3537