Richard George Rogers, or Baron Rogers of Riverside as he is also known, was born in Florence in 23 of July of 1933, he is an Italian architect naturalized as a British citizen, he is now 82 years old. His mother always encourage his interests for visual arts, and his father was the cousin of Ernesto Nathan Rogers, an Italian architect.
In 1938, during the World War II, his family moves to England. Richard Rogers was a bad student, and couldn’t read properly, because he was dyslexic. However, that was only discovered many years later, until he had his first child.
In 1951, he finishes school, and in this same year the “Festival of Britain” occurs and for the first time modern architecture arrives to England. The interest of Richard Rogers for architecture is aroused; however he went to the army for two years.
When he come back from his army service, in 1954, he starts to study architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he obtained the Architectural Association’s Diploma in 1959.
In 1961, after marrying Su Brumwell, he and his wife went to the U.S., so he could do his master architecture degree in Yale University on a Fulbright Scholarship. Here he met Norman Foster and became a great friend of him. In the U.S., his interest in Frank Lloyd Wright was so great that he had traveled through America to know his work.
He then returns to England, and creates with his wife, Norman Foster and Wendy Cheeseman the Team 4. One example of their work is the Reliance Controls electronics factory, in Swindon. This partnership soon would split up in 1967.
Afterwards, Richard Rogers associates with the Italian architecture Renzo Piano and Piano + Rogers is created. They won the competition for designing the Centre Georges Pompidou and their design revolutionized the museums, transforming them in places of social and cultural interchange.
In 1973, Richard Rogers marries again with Ruth Elias, and in 1977 it is created the Rogers Partnership with John Young, Marco Goldschmied, and Mike Davies. His design of the incredible Lloyds of London skyscraper is another landmark in XX century design and assured him worldwide architecture recognition.
In 1995, he became the first architect to deliver the annual BBC Reith Lectures, which was later published in 1997, as “Cities For a Small Planet”. Here he presents a new and radical plan of action for the future in our cities. Here he demonstrate the influence that architecture and urban planning has in our quotidian life. Rogers arguments that we can only protect the ecology of our planet and fulfill our responsibilities with future generations with a sustainable planning.
Among later architectural works of Rogers is Terminal 4 constructed in 2005 at Madrid Barajas International Airport that made gave him a Stirling Prize in 2006.
In 2007, Richard Rogers wins the Pritzer Prize. This prize was awarded to Richard Rogers because although he had many partnerships and associations he maintained his style evident. His style is very urbane, high-tech and expansive and he interprets the Modern movement.
Richard Rogers also cares for energetic efficiency; try to satisfy the constant changing needs of the users of his buildings. He has the conviction that the city has the potential to be a catalyst of social changes, and he has a social active role. Through his work he combines is love for architecture with a profound knowledge of materials and techniques.
He also believes that Architecture is a social Art, and that being a good citizen is a greater role than being an architect.
Richard Roger could be described as an urban architect and much more than that, a citizen with sustainable concerns for future generations!