Who was Richard Rogers?
Richard Rogers, the lauded British architect who was one of the forces behind the Pompidou Center in Paris and later designed London’s Millennium Dome has died. He was 88.
Architect Richard Rogers, who changed London’s skyline with the Millennium Dome and the Leadenhall ‘Cheesegrater’ building, has died at the age of 88.
Richard George Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside CH FRIBA FCSD FREng RA was an Italian-born British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture. Wikipedia
Richard Rogers Death
Lord Rogers, who also designed the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Lloyd’s of London building, “passed away in silence” on Saturday night, according to his communications agent.
American architecture critic Paul Goldberger called the news “heartbreaking”, adding on Twitter that it was “another great loss for architecture in 2021. A courteous man and a glorious talent.” BREAK’.
How old was Richard Rogers ?
He was 88 year old.July 23, 1933 (age 88 years), Florence, Italy
Ruth Rogers (m. 1973)
Bo Rogers, Roo Rogers, Ab Rogers, Zad Rogers, Ben Rogers
What is Richard Rogers famous for?
Richard Rogers is best known for such pioneering buildings as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Millennium Dome in London.
How did Lloyds of London start?
With roots in marine insurance, Lloyd’s was founded by Edward Lloyd at his coffee house on Tower Street in 1688. It was popular with sailors, merchants, and ship owners, and Lloyd catered to them with reliable shipping news. The establishment became known as a good place to purchase marine insurance.
Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners, the company he founded, paid tribute to the architect in a statement Sunday.
“A man of immense drive and charisma, he was also a civilized and upright man, dedicated to the art and science of architecture, urban planning, city life, political commitment and positive social change,” said the association.
Lord Rogers was born in 1933 to an Anglo-Italian family in Florence, Italy.
He came to England at a young age and left school in 1951 without qualifications.
After completing compulsory National Service in the army, he trained at the Architectural Association School in London, which was known for its modernism.
He completed his architecture studies at Yale, United States, in 1962, where he met the British Norman Foster.
They returned to England in 1964 and with his wife founded the architecture studio ‘Team 4’, which became known for its technology-inspired designs.
In 1968, Rogers met the Italian architect Renzo Piano with whom he shared an interest in developing a flexible and anti-monumental architecture.
“He’s my closest friend, practically my brother,” Rogers said of Piano, the designer of London’s Shard tower, told The Guardian. ‘We were the bad guys.’
The same year they met, they won a competition to design a new art gallery in Paris, which became the Center Pompidou.
Today a landmark of the city, its facade is covered in thick pipes painted in striking colors, with stairs and escalators on the outside of the building.
He quickly attracted a variety of nicknames, not all complementary: ‘The Gasworks’,’ The ‘Pompidolium’, ‘Notre-Dame of the Pipes’.
His designs, which also include the Senedd building in Cardiff, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and Terminal 4 at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport, received critical acclaim with the Royal Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize.
Upon being awarded the Pritzker in 2007, the award jury praised him for having “ revolutionized museums, transforming what were once elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city. ” .
He received the Freedom of the City of London at the Guildhall Art Gallery in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to architecture and urbanism.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, designed by British architect Richard Rogers
Channel 4 News host Krishnan Guru-Murthy paid tribute to Lord Rogers, whose firm designed the channel’s 124 Horseferry Road headquarters, as someone “whose marvelous buildings are testimony to an amazing, inventive and charismatic man.”
The New York Times reported that Lord Rogers is survived by his wife Lady Ruth, his children Ab, Ben, Roo and Zad, his brother Peter and 13 grandchildren.
Richard Rogers Quick and Facts
- Architect Richard Rogers, who designed Millennium Dome, has died aged 88
- He also designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Lloyd’s of London building
- Lord Rogers won the the Pritzker prize in 2017 – having ‘revolutionised’ museums