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Biography

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. His practice, Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP), was founded in 1977 and has offices in London, Barcelona, Madrid and Tokyo. RRP has designed two major airport projects—Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport and the New Area Terminal at Madrid Barajas Airport, as well as high-rise office projects in London, a new law court complex in Antwerp, the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff, and a hotel and conference centre in Barcelona. The practice also has a wealth of experience in urban master planning with major schemes in London, Lisbon, Berlin, New York and Seoul.

He was born in Florence, Italy in 1933 to British parents. He studied at the Architectural Association School (1953-1959) in London and received the Diploma of Architecture in 1959. The following year he studied at the Yale University School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut on a Fulbright scholarship, and received the Master of Architecture degree in 1962. Returning from America, Rogers formed a partnership with Norman and Wendy Foster and Su Rogers (1963-1968) in London, called Team 4. They completed an industrial building (1967) at Swindon, Wiltshire, England, for Reliance Controls Ltd. The Team 4 arrangement was followed by the partnership of Richard and Su Rogers (1968-1970) and subsequently Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP), founded in 1977.

In 1996, Rogers was introduced into the House of Lords, taking the title "The Lord Rogers of Riverside." The following year, Rogers received an honorary professorship from the Thames Valley University. He was awarded the Praemium Imperiale by the Japan Art Association in 2000 in addition to the RIBA Gold Medal that he received in 1985 and the 1999 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal. In 1998, he was appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to chair the UK Government’s Urban Task Force and he is currently Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism to the Mayor of London ...

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