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Richard George Rogers (1933-07-23) 23 July 1933 (age 84) Florence, Italy

Further information

Nationality British, Italian

Alma mater Architectural Association School of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture

Occupation Architect


RIBA Gold Medal (1985) Thomas Jefferson Medal (1999) Praemium Imperiale
Praemium Imperiale
(2000) Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize
(2006), (2009) Minerva Medal (2007) Pritzker Prize
Pritzker Prize
(2007) HonFREng[1] (2005)

Practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Buildings Centre Georges Pompidou Lloyd's building
Lloyd's building
(Grade I) Millennium Dome European Court of Human Rights Madrid-Barajas Airport
Madrid-Barajas Airport
terminal 4 London Heathrow Terminal 5 Senedd, Cardiff

Projects Towards an Urban Renaissance Grand Paris

Richard George Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside CH FRIBA FCSD FREng RA (born 23 July 1933) is a British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture. Rogers is perhaps best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd's building
Lloyd's building
and Millennium Dome
Millennium Dome
both in London, the Senedd
in Cardiff, and the European Court of Human Rights building
European Court of Human Rights building
in Strasbourg. He is a winner of the RIBA Gold Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Minerva Medal and Pritzker Prize. He is a Senior Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, previously known as the Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers


1 Early life and career 2 Later career 3 Selected projects

3.1 Team 4 3.2 Richard and Su Rogers
Su Rogers
Architects (with John Young and Laurie Abbott) 3.3 Piano + Rogers 3.4 The Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
Partnership 3.5 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

4 Publications 5 Honours and awards 6 Palestine controversy 7 Personal life 8 References 9 External links

Early life and career[edit]

Lloyd's building
Lloyd's building
in 1991

Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
was born in Florence
(Tuscany) in 1933 into an Anglo-Italian family. His father, William Nino Rogers (1906–1993), was the cousin of Italian architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers. His ancestors moved from Sunderland to Venice
in about 1800, then settling in Trieste, Milan
and Florence. In 1939 William Nino Rogers decided to come back to England.[2] Upon moving to England, Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
went to St Johns School, Leatherhead. Rogers did not excel academically, which made him believe that he were "stupid because he could not read or memorize his school work"[3] and as a consequence he stated that he became "very depressed".[3] He wasn't able to read until the age of 11,[4] and it was not until after he had his first child that he realised that he was dyslexic.[3] After leaving St Johns School, he undertook a foundation course at Epsom School of Art[5] (now University for the Creative Arts) before going into National Service between 1951 and 1953.[2] He then attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he gained the Architectural Association's Diploma (AA Dipl) from 1954 until 1959, subsequently graduating with a master's degree (M Arch) from the Yale School of Architecture in 1962 on a Fulbright Scholarship.[3][6] While studying at Yale, Rogers met fellow architecture student Norman Foster and planning student Su Brumwell. After leaving Yale he joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.[4] On returning to England in 1963, he, Norman Foster and Brumwell set up architectural practice as Team 4
Team 4
with Wendy Cheeseman (Brumwell later married Rogers, Cheeseman married Foster).[7] Rogers and Foster earned a reputation for what was later termed by the media high-tech architecture.[8] By 1967, Team 4
Team 4
had split up, but Rogers continued to collaborate with Su Rogers, along with John Young and Laurie Abbott.[9] In early 1968 he was commissioned to design a house and studio for Humphrey Spender near Maldon, Essex, a glass cube framed with I-beams. He continued to develop his ideas of prefabrication and structural simplicity to design a Wimbledon house for his parents. This was based on ideas from his conceptual Zip-Up House,[10] such as the use of standardized components based on refrigerator panels to make energy-efficient buildings.

Pompidou Centre

Rogers subsequently joined forces with Italian architect Renzo Piano, a partnership that was to prove fruitful. His career leapt forward when he, Piano and Gianfranco Franchini won the design competition for the Pompidou Centre in July 1971, alongside a team from Ove Arup that included Irish engineer Peter Rice.[11] This building established Rogers's trademark of exposing most of the building's services (water, heating and ventilation ducts, and stairs) on the exterior, leaving the internal spaces uncluttered and open for visitors to the centre's art exhibitions. This style, dubbed "Bowellism" by some critics, was not universally popular at the time the centre opened in 1977, but today the Pompidou Centre is a widely admired Parisian landmark. Rogers revisited this inside-out style with his design for London's Lloyd's building, completed in 1986 – another controversial design which has since become a famous and distinctive landmark in its own right. Later career[edit]

Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
in 2013

After working with Piano, Rogers established the Richard Rogers Partnership along with Marco Goldschmied, Mike Davies and John Young in 1977.[12] This became Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 2007. The firm maintains offices in London, Shanghai and Sydney. Rogers has devoted much of his later career to wider issues surrounding architecture, urbanism, sustainability and the ways in which cities are used. One early illustration of his thinking was an exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1986, entitled "London As It Could Be", which also featured the work of James Stirling and Rogers' former partner Norman Foster. This exhibition made public a series of proposals for transforming a large area of central London, subsequently dismissed as impractical by the city's authorities. In 1995, he became the first architect to deliver the BBC's annual Reith Lectures. This series of five talks, titled Sustainable City, were later adapted into the book Cities for a Small Planet (Faber and Faber: London 1997, ISBN 0-571-17993-2). The BBC made these lectures available to the public for download in July 2011.[13]

The Senedd

Rogers (left) with Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
and Sue Essex
Sue Essex
AM (right), at the opening of the Senedd

The steps leading up to the Senedd

In 1998, he set up the Urban Task Force at the invitation of the British government, to help identify causes of urban decline and establish a vision of safety, vitality and beauty for Britain's cities. This work resulted in a white paper, Towards an Urban Renaissance, outlining more than 100 recommendations for future city designers. Rogers also served for several years as chair of the Greater London Authority
Greater London Authority
panel for Architecture and Urbanism. He has been chair of the board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. From 2001 to 2008 he was chief advisor on architecture and urbanism to Mayor of London
Mayor of London
Ken Livingstone; he was subsequently asked to continue his role as an advisor by new mayor Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
in 2008. He stood down from the post in October 2009.[14] Rogers has also served as an advisor to two mayors of Barcelona on urban strategies. Amidst this extra-curricular activity, Rogers has continued to create controversial and iconic works. Perhaps the most famous of these, the Millennium Dome, was designed by the Rogers practice in conjunction with engineering firm Buro Happold
Buro Happold
and completed in 1999. It was the subject of fierce political and public debate over the cost and contents of the exhibition it contained; the building itself cost £43 million.[15] In May 2006, Rogers' practice was chosen as the architect of Tower 3 of the new World Trade Center in New York City, replacing the old World Trade Center which was destroyed in the September 11 attacks. Some of Rogers's recent plans have failed to get off the ground. The practice was appointed to design the replacement to the Central Library in the Eastside of Birmingham; however, his plan was shelved for financial reasons. City Park Gate, the area adjacent to the land the library would have stood on, is now being designed by Ken Shuttleworth's Make Architects. Selected projects[edit] Team 4[edit] Main article: Team 4

Creek Vean, Cornwall, UK (1966) Reliance Controls factory, Swindon, UK (1967) Jaffe House (also known as Skybreak House), Humphrey Spender's house, Maldon, UK (1965-1966) Wates Housing, Coulsdon, Surrey

Richard and Su Rogers
Su Rogers
Architects (with John Young and Laurie Abbott)[edit]

22 Parkside
22 Parkside
(Dr. Nino and Dada Rogers' house), Wimbledon, London, UK (1967)[16] Zip-Up House
Zip-Up House

Piano + Rogers[edit]

Universal Oil Products, Tadworth, UK (1969–1974) B&B Italia headquarters, Como, Italy (1972–1973)[17] Pompidou Centre, Paris, France (1971–77) IRCAM, Paris, France (1971–1977) Patscentre Research Laboratory, Melbourn, UK (1976–1983)

The Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
Partnership[edit] Main article: Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers

Madrid-Barajas Airport
Madrid-Barajas Airport
terminal 4

Lloyd's building, London, UK (1978–84) Fleetguard Manufacturing Plant, Quimper, France (1979–1981) Inmos microprocessor factory, Newport, Wales
Newport, Wales
(1980–1982)[18] PA Technology Centre, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (1982–1985) Old Billingsgate Market, London, UK (1985–1988) Centre Commercial St. Herbain, Nantes, France (1986–1987) The Deckhouse, Thames Reach, London, UK (1986–1989) Paternoster Square, London, UK (1987) 45 Royal Avenue, London, UK (1987) The River Café (London), UK (1987) Reuters
Data Centre, London, UK (1987–1992) Kabuki-cho Tower, Tokyo, Japan (1987–1993) Linn Products, Waterfoot, Glasgow (1988) Antwerp Law Courts, Belgium
(2000–2006) Marseille Provence Airport, Marignane, France (1989–1992) Heathrow air traffic control tower, London, UK (1989–2007) 124 Horseferry Road
124 Horseferry Road
(Channel 4 headquarters), London, UK (1990–1994)

European Court of Human Rights building, Strasbourg, France, 1995 88 Wood Street, London, UK (1990–1999) Tower Bridge House, London, UK (1990–2005) Daimler complex, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (1993–1999) Palais de Justice de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (1993–1999) Montevetro, London, UK (1994–2000) Lloyd's Register
Lloyd's Register
building, London, UK (1995–1999) Minami-Yamashiro Primary School, near Kyoto, Japan (1995–2003) Millennium Dome, London, UK (1996–1999) Broadwick House, London, UK (1996–2000) Designer retail outlet centre, Ashford, Kent, UK (1996–2000) Chiswick Business Park, London, UK (1998–) Paddington Waterside, London, UK (1999–2004) Mossbourne Community Academy, London, UK (2002–2004) Senedd
(National Assembly for Wales), Cardiff, UK (1999–2005) Adolfo Suarez- Madrid
Barajas Airport
Barajas Airport
terminals 4 and 4S, Madrid, Spain (2004) East River Waterfront, New York City
New York City
(2004–2006) Hesperia Tower, Barcelona, Spain (2005)

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners[edit] Main article: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

London Heathrow Terminal 5, London, UK (1989–2008) Maggie's Centre, London, UK (2001–2008) Central Park Station (R9), Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit
Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit
system, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (2003–2007) Three World Trade Center, New York City
New York City
(2006–) British Museum, World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, London, UK (2007–2014) One Hyde Park, London (2007–2010) Atrio Towers, Bogotá (2008-) International Towers Sydney, Sydney (2009–16)

London Heathrow Terminal 5

Maggie's Centre, London

Central Park Station (R9), Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

Las Arenas, Barcelona

One Hyde Park, London

International Towers Sydney

Publications[edit] Rogers has written several books during his career including:

Architecture: A Modern View, Thames & Hudson (1991) ISBN 9780500276518 A New London (co-author Mark Fisher and the Labour Party), Penguin (1992) ISBN 9780140157949 Cities for a Small Planet, Faber and Faber (1997) ISBN 9780571179930 Towards an Urban Renaissance, Urban Task Force (1999) ISBN 9781851121656 Cities for a Small Country, Faber and Faber (2000) ISBN 9780571206520 Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
and Architects: From the House to the City, Fiell Publishing (2010) ISBN 9781906863111 Architecture: A Modern View, Thames & Hudson (2013) ISBN 9780500342930

Honours and awards[edit] Rogers was knighted in 1991 by Queen Elizabeth II.[19][20] He was created Baron Rogers of Riverside, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 17 October 1996.[21] He sits as a Labour peer in the House of Lords.[22] Rogers was appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour
Order of the Companions of Honour
(CH) in the 2008 Birthday Honours list.[23] Rogers was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal
Royal Gold Medal
in 1985 and made a Chevalier, L’Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur
Légion d'honneur
in 1986. He received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 10th Mostra di Architettura di Venezia.[24] In 2006, the Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
Partnership was awarded the Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize
for Terminal 4 of Barajas Airport,[25] and again in 2009 for Maggie's Centre in London.[26] He was also appointed as a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering[1] in 2005. In 2007 Rogers was made Laureate
of the Pritzker Architecture Prize – architecture's highest honour.[27] He was awarded the Minerva Medal by the Chartered Society of Designers in the same year. In 2012, Rogers was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of the last six decades.[28] Rogers has been awarded honorary degrees from several universities, including Alfonso X El Sabio University in Madrid, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Kent, the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Open University. In 1994, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.[29] Palestine controversy[edit] In February 2006, Rogers hosted the inaugural meeting of the campaigning organisation Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) in his London offices. At that time his practice had secured a number of projects in New York, including the redevelopment of the Silvercup Studios
Silvercup Studios
site, a masterplan for the East River Waterfront and a commission for a $1.7 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in Manhattan. Rogers however publicly dissociated himself from the group within weeks, following an outcry from generally pro-Israeli New York voters and politicians, which threatened him with the loss of prestigious commissions including projects in New York and abroad.[30] He announced his withdrawal with the statement, "I unequivocally renounce Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine and have withdrawn my relationship with them."[31] Personal life[edit] Rogers is married to Ruth Rogers, chef and co-owner of The River Café restaurant in west London. They have two sons together, Roo and Bo (deceased 2011).[32] Rogers also has three sons, Ben, Zad and Ab, from his first marriage to Su Brumwell. He has twelve grandchildren and a younger brother, Peter William Rogers, a property developer and co-founder of Stanhope. In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.[33] References[edit]

^ a b "List of Fellows".  ^ a b "Richard Rogers". Canongate Books. Retrieved 6 September 2017.  ^ a b c d "Richard Rogers, Architect". Yale School of Medicine. Retrieved 31 March 2016.  ^ a b "Richard Rogers". www.nyc-architecture.com. Retrieved 31 March 2006.  ^ Spens, Michael. " Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize
for Architecture 2006 (RIBA UK), Studio International". Studio International - Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Retrieved 2016-06-07.  ^ "Richard Rogers". Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
Partnerships. Retrieved 31 July 2006.  ^ Ian Lambot (Ed.), "Norman Foster: Buildings and Projects Volume 1 1964–1973", Watermark Publications (1991), pp. 14–15, ISBN 1-873200-01-3. ^ " Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
+ Architects – From the House to the City". Design Museum. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  ^ "Richard Rogers, Pritzker Speech" (PDF). Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Retrieved 11 July 2010.  ^ "Richard Rogers: Beginnings". Pompidou Centre. Archived from the original on 24 April 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009.  ^ "Architecture of the Building". Centre Pompidou website. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2012.  ^ "Competitively speaking: a born organiser, Marco Goldschmied
Marco Goldschmied
of Richard Rogers Partnership
Richard Rogers Partnership
is being tipped as a possible future RIBA president". Advameg Inc. Retrieved 11 July 2010.  ^ "BBC Radio 4 unveils 60 years of Reith Lectures archive". BBC News. 26 June 2011.  ^ " Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
steps down as advisor to mayor". Mayor of London's office. Retrieved 1 November 2009.  ^ "Millennium Dome". RHSP. Retrieved 30 October 2009.  ^ "Dr Rogers House". Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
Partnership. Retrieved 27 October 2006.  ^ "B&B Italia". Retrieved 22 October 2009.  ^ "INMOS Factory – Richard Rogers". Retrieved 19 April 2009.  ^ "No. 52563". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 15 June 1991. p. 2.  ^ "No. 52858". The London Gazette. 10 March 1992. p. 4257.  ^ "No. 54559". The London Gazette. 23 October 1996. p. 14045.  ^ UK Parliament. Parliament.uk ^ "No. 58729". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 14 June 2008. p. 4.  ^ Biennale Architecture: 10th International Architecture Exhibition (2006), Official Awards ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize
2006". RIBA. Archived from the original on 19 October 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2006.  ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize
2009". RIBA. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.  ^ Robin Pogrebin (28 March 2007). "British Architect Wins 2007 Pritzker Prize". New York Times. Retrieved 28 March 2007.  ^ "New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday". The Guardian. 2016.  ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.  ^ "Boiling point". London: The Guardian. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2010.  ^ Burkeman, Oliver (9 March 2006). "Israel-Palestine conflict engulfs Rogers's .7bn New York project". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2010.  ^ Rainey, Sarah (3 November 2011). "Lord Rogers' son Bo found dead in bath". London: The Daily Telegraph.  ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 Jan 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. 

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Pritzker Architecture Prize
Pritzker Architecture Prize

Philip Johnson
Philip Johnson
(1979) Luis Barragán
Luis Barragán
(1980) James Stirling (1981) Kevin Roche
Kevin Roche
(1982) I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei
(1983) Richard Meier
Richard Meier
(1984) Hans Hollein
Hans Hollein
(1985) Gottfried Böhm
Gottfried Böhm
(1986) Kenzo Tange (1987) Gordon Bunshaft
Gordon Bunshaft
and Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
(1988) Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry
(1989) Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi
(1990) Robert Venturi
Robert Venturi
(1991) Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira
(1992) Fumihiko Maki
Fumihiko Maki
(1993) Christian de Portzamparc
Christian de Portzamparc
(1994) Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando
(1995) Rafael Moneo
Rafael Moneo
(1996) Sverre Fehn
Sverre Fehn
(1997) Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano
(1998) Norman Foster (1999) Rem Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas
(2000) Herzog & de Meuron (2001) Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
(2002) Jørn Utzon
Jørn Utzon
(2003) Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
(2004) Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne
(2005) Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
(2006) Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
(2007) Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel
(2008) Peter Zumthor
Peter Zumthor
(2009) Kazuyo Sejima
Kazuyo Sejima
and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
(2010) Eduardo Souto de Moura
Eduardo Souto de Moura
(2011) Wang Shu
Wang Shu
(2012) Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito
(2013) Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban
(2014) Frei Otto
Frei Otto
(2015) Alejandro Aravena
Alejandro Aravena
(2016) Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramón Vilalta / RCR Arquitectes (2017) B. V. Doshi
B. V. Doshi

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Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize

Stephen Hodder
Stephen Hodder
(1996) Michael Wilford
Michael Wilford
(1997) Foster and Partners
Foster and Partners
(1998) Future Systems
Future Systems
(1999) Alsop/Störmer (2000) Wilkinson Eyre
Wilkinson Eyre
(2001) Wilkinson Eyre/Gifford (2002) Herzog & de Meuron (2003) Foster and Partners
Foster and Partners
(2004) EMBT/ RMJM
(2005) Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers
(2006) David Chipperfield
David Chipperfield
Architects (2007) Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios/ Alison Brooks
Alison Brooks
Architects (2008) Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partner (2009) Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
(2010 and 2011) Stanton Williams (2012) Witherford Watson Mann Architects (2013) Haworth Tompkins
Haworth Tompkins

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