These include the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers, the Center Bombido in Paris, the Tower of the 3rd World Trade Center in New York and the Millennium Dome in London. Rogers died at the age of 88. On Saturday evening, his spokesman Matthew “passed away quietly” Freud Communications confirmed to CNN on Sunday.
He was one of the most distinctive architects of his generation, whose style of architecture was immediately recognizable and highly adaptable.
Rogers was born in 1933 in Florence, Italy to an Anglo-Italian family. The family emigrated to Britain in 1939. After attending the Architectural Society in London, Rogers studied at Yale University in the United States, where he befriended fellow British architect Norman Foster. After graduating in 1963, the two co-founded Group 4 Architecture with Rogers’ then-wife Sue Rogers and Wendy Seesman, whom Foster was to marry in 1964.
The quartet were only together for four years, but by that time they had made an indelible mark on British architecture, becoming leading names in Britain’s high-tech architectural style.
In 1986, Rogers, later partnered with Richard Rogers, completed another famous building in the same style: the headquarters of Lloyds’ London. This too was initially severely criticized, but now it is one of the most famous buildings in the city. In 2011, Lloyd’s Building received a Grade I listed status, making it one of the few modern buildings in the UK to hold a prestigious position.
As a guest editor for CNN Style in 2016, architect Richard Rogers chose to focus on the democratization of the public space.
In 2007, Rogers was renamed Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners to reflect the contributions of fellow architects Graham Stirk and Evan Harper. The company has designed and branded cities around the world, designing avant-garde buildings, including the New 3 World Trade Center in New York, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and the Millennium Dome in London.
In a statement on Sunday, Rogers Stirk Harper + Partners described their former colleague as “collective, always completely non-existent, always inclusive, always exploring”.
“A man of immense motivation and charisma, he was a man of equal civilization and integrity, dedicated to architecture and science, urban life, urban commitment, political commitment and positive social change,” the statement added.
Rogers was awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006 for the construction of the Terminal 4 at Madrid’s Barrage International Airport, and again in 2009 for the Maggie Center in London and its cancer treatment facility.
The architect also received the Pritzker Prize in 2007, popularly known as the Nobel Prize in Architecture.
Rogers was knighted in 1991 by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1996, he became a life partner of the Labor Party and formed Baron Rogers on Riverside.
Top Picture: Architect Richard Rogers posing in front of the Center Pompeo Building in Paris on November 19, 2007.