PROJECTS IN DETAIL Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Internship Program

© RPBW; Ph: Stefano Goldberg


The first training program sponsored by Renzo Piano was established in 1992, in honor of Ermanno Piano. In 2001, an agreement was signed with Harvard University, which laid the foundations for what would later become the Foundation’s “studio”.

Finally, in 2004, the Renzo Piano Foundation was established in Genoa, which offering a series of internships at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop offices in Genoa and Paris. The six-month internships are entirely funded by the scholarships offered by the Foundation itself, 8500€ for each student.
This training program stems from the specific conviction that knowledge can either be transferred through information or else through practical examples and involvement.
The Renzo Piano Foundation has chosen the second path. The basic principle is quite simple: it’s “learning by doing”, and the reference model is that of an updated version of the Renaissance “workshop”.

The objective of these internships is to provide the students with the opportunity to bridge the gap between their academic knowledge and the realities of the architectural profession.
The students will become team members and will play an active role in each stage of the work activities: design, experimentation and construction.

Each university has its own selection criteria, upon which the Foundation itself has no bearing whatsoever: the names of the students will only be announced once the final decisions have been made by the Faculties.

The Renzo Piano Foundation only accepts students from agreed upon Universities.

A number of after-work activities are also foreseen during the six-month internship.
Firstly, all the students will be convened to a meeting at Villa Nave, the Foundation's Genoa headquarters. This will give them the opportunity to visit the Foundation’s headquarters and to examine the archive of projects on display. The Foundation is also a place that will be at the students’ disposal for study and research. There will also be a guided tour of a worksite, led by one of the Foundation’s architects.
The students in Genoa will be housed in the Foundation’s own apartments at Villa Nave, while those in Paris will be provided with assistance in locating adequate accommodations.

The convention is active with

1 Architectural Association School of Architecture, (London/UK)
2 CEPT University, (Ahmedabad/Gujarat/India)
3 Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, (Paris/France)
4 Faculdade de Arquitectura e Urbanismo, (Brasilia/Brasil)
5 Harvard Graduate School of Design, (Cambridge/Massachusetts/USA)
6 Rice University School of Architecture, (Houston/Texas/USA)
7 School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, (New York/USA)
8 School of Architecture,Tsinghua University, (Beijing/China)
9 Università degli Studi di Genova, Scuola Politecnica – Dipartimento di Scienze per l’Architettura, (Genoa/Italy)
10 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, (Madrid/Spain)
11 Politecnico di Milano, (Milan/Italy)

Temporary Agreement 2015/2016

12 The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) , (Kaslik/Lebanon)
13 Fakultät für Architektur, Technische Universität München, (Munich/Germany)
14 Makerere University, (Kampala/Uganda)
15 Ingegneria edile-architettura, Università degli Studi di Padova, (Padova/Italy)
16 School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, (Austin/Texas/USA)