Richard Rogers

(b. 1933) Baron Rogers of Riverside, British architect

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(1933– )

British architect, whose ‘high-tech’ functionalist designs have aroused some controversy. He was knighted in 1991 and created Baron Rogers of Riverside in 1996.

Born to British parents living in Florence, Rogers was educated at the Architectural Association School in London and at Yale University. In 1963 he was a founder member of the Team 4 architectural practice with Norman Foster, Wendy Cheesman, and his then wife Su; their buildings include the factory for Reliance Controls Ltd in Swindon (1967). Rogers achieved international fame with his design for the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris (1971–77, with Renzo Piano), a glass-walled edifice with a striking exterior display of structural and service elements, the latter enclosed in brightly painted tubes. Although the siting of such an aggressively modern building in the historic centre of Paris was widely decried, the Centre has become a tourist attraction second only to the Eiffel Tower. Equally controversial was the Lloyd's Building in London (1986), where service elements, such as air-conditioning units, plumbing, etc., again appear on the outside of the building. While Rogers' admirers stress the boldness and originality of such designs, his detractors find them arrogant and over-theoretical. His subsequent buildings include the much-praised European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (1989–95) and the Millennium Dome currently being erected in Greenwich, London. In the 1990s he became increasingly involved in schemes for urban regeneration in the UK and elsewhere.

Subjects: Art.

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