Richard Rogers

“My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we – architects – can affect the quality of life of the people.” Richard Rogers.

Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers

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About his life

Richard Rogers was born as Richard George Rogers on July 23, 1933, in Florence, Italy. In 1954, he enrolled at the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 1959. And later, in 1961, he joined the Yale University, finishing post-graduate studies in 1962. He then returned to London, collaborated with his wife, Su Brumwell, and another couple, Wendy Cheesman and Norman Foster, and established a firm in 1963, named the Team 4.

Arenes de Barcelona, Barcelona
Arenes de Barcelona, Barcelona – by Richard Rogers

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What were his major works?

Rogers is perhaps best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building and Millennium Dome both in London, the Senedd in Cardiff, and the 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 Medaland Pritzker Prize. He is a Senior Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, previously known as the Richard Rogers Partnership.

Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid. Coloured structural ‘trees’ in the airport terminal.
Richard Rogers Partnership, Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid, 1997-2005. Coloured structural ‘trees’ in the airport terminal

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The Lloyds Building
The Lloyds Building designed by architect Richard Rogers

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Lloyd's of London (architect Richard Rogers) with The Walkie Talkie building in background.
Lloyd’s of London (architect Richard Rogers) with The Walkie Talkie building in background

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What are Rogers’s style main features ?

Rogers is known for his distinctly modernist and high-tech architectural design.
In addition to his cushy resume, Richard Rogers is also no stranger the tabloid world of the Royal Family. Prince Charles has continuously vetoed his designs and shut down building plans. Just comparing the design of Centre Pompidou with Buckingham Palace should be a explanation for the root of this Lord vs. Prince feud. A clash of classical style with modern architectural designs that has seemingly turned into a personal vendetta against the British architect.

Pompidou Centre, Paris, by Piano and Rogers.
Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1971-77 Piano + Rogers

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Pompidou Centre, Paris. Colour-coded external services.
Piano + Rogers, Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1971-77. Colour-coded external services

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