October 13-16: Loeb Fellows–save the date for the 2016 Fall Study Tour to the San Francisco Bay Area.
October 18: Senior Loeb Scholar Richard Rogers delivers the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Annual Lecture 2016, 6:30 pm, Piper Auditorium.
Richard Rogers is an architect and a founding partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. In a career spanning more than fifty years, he and his partners have designed many buildings including Centre Pompidou, Lloyd’s of London, the Bordeaux Law Courts, the Welsh Assembly, the Millennium Dome, the Leadenhall Building, and new terminals at Madrid Barajas and London Heathrow airports.
Richard Rogers has advised national and city leaders across Europe, including President Mitterrand, the mayor of London and the mayor of Barcelona. In 1997, he was asked by the Deputy Prime Minister to chair an urban task force on the revival of English cities. The task force’s report, “Towards an Urban Renaissance,” was highly influential in the UK and beyond, and set the agenda for Rogers’ work for Mayor Ken Livingstone as head of London’s Architecture and Urbanism Unit.
Richard Rogers is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and received the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985. He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1986, knighted in 1991, and made a member of the House of Lords of the UK Parliament in 1996. He received the Praemium Imperiale Prize for Architecture in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Venice Biennale in 2006 and was made a Member of the Order of Companions of Honour in 2008.
Senior Loeb Scholar Ruth Rogers was born in 1948 in Monticello, New York. She was educated at The Colorado Rocky Mountain School at Bennington College, before moving to the London College of Printing to complete a degree in Graphic Design.
In 1970, she joined the art department of Penguin books. In 1971 she moved to Paris with husband Richard Rogers and worked on graphic design and exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou. Returning to London in 1979, she continued to work at Richard Rogers and Partners.
Ruth and Rose Gray established the River Café in 1987, focusing on regional, seasonal, Italian food. In 1989 the restaurant won “Best Italian Restaurant of the Year,” and in 1998 they earned a Michelin star, which they have retained ever since.
In 1995 Ruth wrote The River Café Cookbook with Rose Gray. They went on to publish a further 10 cookbooks, all of which have been featured on the bestsellers list, including their most recent The River Café Classic Italian Cookbook. They have also presented a 12-part television series, “The Italian Kitchen,” as well as an episode of “Heston’s Italian Revolutionaries” in 2013.
In 2010, Ruth was named in the New Year’s Honours List as a Member of the British Empire. Ruth was on the board of The Royal Theatre and is a trustee of Refuge and Index on Censorship. She supports Maggie’s, The Dyslexia Institute, and Democrats Abroad.
Ruth’s activities while in residence at the GSD will be announced this month.