PRINCIPAL, RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP
The Italian architect Renzo Piano may know the exact number of the museums he has either built or renovated throughout his career; we lost count after 20. Piano has completed two in the past year—the newly consolidated Harvard Art Museums, which opened in November, and New York’s latest gem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, which opened in April. Architecture reviews of the Whitney have ranged from the mostly positive to the ecstatic, and all have agreed that the building’s inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See,” works wonderfully in the space. Piano even designed a handbag, produced by Max Mara, to match his museum.