Richard Rogers - United Kingdom

Richard Rogers was born on 23 July 1933 in Florence, Italy. Five years later, the family moved from Italy to England. During his two-year military service, he had been transferred to Trieste, where he met the work of the renowned Italian architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers (BBPR). Based on this experience, Richard Rogers decided to study the architecture and not, as previously envisaged to become a dentist. From 1954 to 1959 he studied at the Architectural Association School in London. In 1961 he was able to continue studying with a Fulbright fellowship at the Yale School of Art and Architecture, where he received his Master's degree in architecture.

After graduating, he worked for the famous architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York City. He then returned to England in 1963 to continue working in his own office, called Team 4. In this architecture office he worked together with his first wife Su Brumwell, Norman Foster and whose wife Wendy Cheeseman. From 1969 he worked together with Renzo Piano on several projects. Much of it was not realized until they won the competition for the Centre Pompidou, which was built from 1971 to 1977. Following the successful construction, the professional ways of the two architects separated, and the planning office Richard Rogers Partnership was founded in 1977. As a successful architectural firm, offices in London, Barcelona, Madrid and Tokyo were opened. Since April 2007, the office is known as Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners due to changed partnerships.

Apart from the Centre Georges Pompidou the most famous buildings by Richard Rogers are the Lloyd's Building and the Millennium Dome in London. The architectural language of Richard Rogers is characterized by a demonstrative use of high-tech elements. The inspirations relating to these forms are often to be found outside of the architectural world, for example in shipbuilding and automotive construction as well as in the computer technology. In addition the architecture of Richard Rogers's strives for high ecological standards. In 2007 Richard Rogers was awarded the Pritzker Prize.


1971 - 1977  Centre Georges Pomidou - Paris
1988 - 1990  IRCAM - Paris
1996 - 2001  Skylight - Frankfurt