The Foundation is based in Villa Nave, overlooking the sea at Vesima and a few meters away from the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa. The spaces of Villa Nave host the Living Archive, a selection of drawings, sketches and models that give an overview of the projects and buildings constructed over more than fifty years, from the experimental structures of the sixties to the most recent works.
The Classroom, where the ongoing projects of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop are exhibited, is devoted to conferences, meetings, lectures and workshops. The garden that borders Villa Nave is using for making mock-ups, parts on a 1:1 scale of many buildings, some of which are kept in these spaces. Since 2009, Villa Nave has been opened to the public on several occasions and visits can be booked through this website in the Welcome section.


The Foundation's activities are funded by donations from Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.


The organs of the Foundation are the Board of Directors, made up of ten members and the Scientific Committee, made up of eight members.

Board of directors

Renzo Piano


Flavio Marano

Vice President e Secretary General

Milly Rossato Piano

Lia Piano

Carlo Piano

Matteo Piano

Giorgio Bianchi

(Partner RPBW)

Giorgio Grandi

(Partner RPBW)

Philippe Goubet

(Partner RPBW)

Luigi Priano

(Partner RPBW)

Shunji Ishida

(Fellow RPBW)

Ferruccio Resta

(Politecnico di Milano)


Massimo Pometto

External Auditor

Scientific Committee

Lorenzo Ciccarelli

Architect, Researcher in History of Architecture at Università degli Studi di Firenze

Olivier Cinqualbre

Architect, Curator of the Centre Pompidou

Representative of the Municipality of Genoa

Nominated by the Mayor of Genoa

Ottavio di Blasi

Architect, ODB - OTTAVIO DI BLASI & Partners

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architect, Chair Professor of Projects at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and director of the “AV/Arquitectura Viva” magazine

Fulvio Irace

Architect, Professor of History of Architecture at the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano

Guglielmo Maisto

Lawyer, Professor of International anc Compared Tax Law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza

Maria Salerno

Architect, professor at the ENSAPM, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, RPBW Consultant


Milly Rossato Piano

Director of Educational Programs and Conservation

Lia Piano

Director of Editorial Programs

Chiara Bennati

Nicoletta Durante

Giovanna Langasco

Antonio Porcile and Linda Zunino



Maria Salerno (Consultant RPBW)

Workshop on site

Thanks to:

Cristiano Amerigo, Erica Bacigalupi, Carlotta Bacilieri, Federica Battaglia, Arianna Baroni, Arianna Bianconi, Federica Carri, Eugenia Dottino, Cino Ermentini, Lydia Foster, Giulia Garbarini, Giulia Giglio, Giorgia Grasso, Susanna Ighina, Martina Ivaldi, Letizia Lambiase, Andrea Mazzolari, Sara Moretti, Irene Negro, Deborah Ombra, Elena Pepino, Celeste Piano, Alberto Possamai, Camilla Ricci, Keiko Rice, Andrea Storace, Tomaso Tedeschi, Erika Tovo.


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