Senior Loeb Scholar Lecture: HCGBC Annual Lecture by Richard Rogers

Bordeaux Law Courts at night by Richard Rogers.

Bordeaux Law Courts at night, Richard Rogers. Photo: Christian Richters.

Lloyds of London, Leadenhall Street
Lloyd’s of London, escalators. Photo: Paul Raftery.

Richard Rogers is a founding partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (formerly called the Richard Rogers Partnership), established in 1977. In a career spanning more than fifty years, he and his various 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. Rogers has advised national and city leaders across Europe, including France’s President Mitterrand, the Mayor of London, and the Mayor of Barcelona. In 1997, he was asked by the UK 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’s work for Mayor Ken Livingstone as head of London’s Architecture and Urbanism Unit.

Rogers 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 (the upper house of the UK Parliament) in 1996. He received the Praemium Imperiale Prize for Architecture in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (La Biennale di Venezia) in 2006. He was the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate; he was made a Member of the Order of Companions of Honour in 2008.

Richard Rogers and his wife, the chef and restaurateur Ruth Rogers, are the 2016–17 Senior Loeb Scholars at Harvard GSD. Richard Rogers’s lecture is the 2016 Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Annual Lecture, which aims to expose a large audience of students, faculty and members of the public to the importance of green design and planning by highlighting the work of key leaders within this movement. The CGBC Annual Lecture was inaugurated by Norman Foster in fall 2015.


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