Italian architect Renzo Piano has been awarded the Sonning Prize by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark for ‘commendable work that benefits European culture’.

Piano was presented with the Danish prize, given every other year, and its kr1m ($190,000) award during a ceremony at the University.

The 70-year-old architect’s works include the New York Times building and High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

The biennial award has been awarded since 1950 in honour of late Danish writer Carl Johan Sonning. Previous recipients include Presidents, film directors and artists.

By staff writer.