Renzo Piano was born into a family of builders, so it’s no surprise that his studio is called the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. His 1970s collaboration with Richard Rogers for the Centre Pompidou in Paris launched Piano onto the international stage, and his sculptural, sustainable, and highly technical buildings have since earned him a Pritzker Prize, Sonning Prize, and AIA Gold Medal. In September 2008, Piano’s California Academy of Sciences opened in San Francisco to great acclaim, with the expectation of becoming the largest LEED Platinum–certified public building in the world.