Rogers, Richard George, Baron Rogers of Riverside

Rogers, Richard George, Baron Rogers of Riverside, 1933–2021, British architect, b. Florence, Italy, Architectural Association, London (A.A. Dipl., 1954–59), Yale (M.Arch., 1962). With Norman Foster and two other architects he cofounded (1963) Team 4, his first firm. Rogers achieved international fame when he and Renzo Piano created the Beaubourg (1977), the revolutionary “inside-out” museum in Paris that is better known as the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture. Shortly thereafter he formed Richard Rogers Partnership; it was renamed Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners in 2007. Rogers is known for his innovative application of high-tech methods and materials and for his careful attention to social and environmental concerns. His buildings are functionally flexible; they typically exploit natural light and employ various energy-saving techniques. Among his most notable structures are the Lloyd's building, London (1984); European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (1995); Millennium Dome, London (1999); Yamashiro School, Kyoto (2003); Barajas International Airport, Madrid (2005); National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (2006); with Renzo Piano, the National Opera and National Library, Athens, Greece (2016), and the new Tower 3 of the New York's World Trade Center (commissioned 2006; completed 2018). He was chief architectural advisor to the Mayor of London (2000-08). Rogers was knighted in 1991 and made a life peer five years later, and has been honored with architecture's most prestigious awards including the RIBA Gold Medal (1985), Stirling Prize (2006), and Pritzker Prize (2007).

See his memoir, A Place for All People (2017); studies Cities for a Small Planet (1998) and Cities for a Small Country (with A. Power, 2000); K. Powell, ed., Richard Rogers: Complete Works (3 vol., 1999–2006); K. Powell and R. Torday, Richard Rogers: Architecture of the Future (2005); R. Torday, Richard Rogers (2007).

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