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The Menil Collection

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The AIA announced today that the Menil Collection in Houston by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, is the recipient of the 2013 25-Year Award for architecture. Praised by the jury as being "a monument to 20th century architecture that still resonates today," the Menil, which opened in 1987, marks Piano's first-ever U.S. project. Design started in 1982, just a year after the Italian architect started his now-famed Paris- and Genoa-based practice and five years after he bounded onto the international stage with his collaboration on the Pompidou Center in Paris with Richard Rogers, Hon. FAIA. The nearly 30,000-square-foot Menil Collection, on which Piano collaborated with Houston architect Richard Fitzgerlad and London-based Ove Arup & Partners, was designed specifically to house the works amassed by French art patrons John and Dominique de Menil.
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