Italian/British architect Richard Rogers turned 87 on 23 July 2020, a few weeks after announcing his retirement from the board of directors, and officially resigned his post in the architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) on August 28. Rogers founded the practice more than 40 years ago, in 1977, under the name Richard Rogers Partnership, which became Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 2007. The final step in his retirement will be the removal of the name Rogers from the studio’s name: a step which Rogers specified, in the clauses contained in the deed of establishment of the practice, must take place within the next two years. The architect stated that he wishes to avoid a situation in which a studio retains the name of a founder who died over a century earlier. RSHP’s current and future projects will be completed by architects Ivan Harbour and Graham Stirk, senior partners in the studio who shared more than thirty years of work in architecture with Richard Rogers, along with ten other partners, five of whom were appointed in 2016 and all of whom agree to maintain the continuity and consistency with the ethics and thought that has inspired all the projects completed by the studio and by architect Richard Rogers.
A pioneer of what came to be known as high-tech architecture in the 1960s, Rogers rose to international prominence for his work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris after winning the design competition for the project in 1971 with Italian architects Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini. This emblematic project, a key source of inspiration and a landmark project for generations of architects to come, was followed by such important works as the Lloyd's of London building (1986), the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg(1995), and the Millennium Dome, a tensile structure built on London’s Greenwich peninsula to celebrate the turn of the millennium, as well as many more.
Richard Rogers retires after a career spanning more than sixty years dotted with important professional and personal successes. In 1991 he was granted a knighthood by Queen Elisabeth II, and in 1996 he was awarded the title of Baron. The Italian/British architect has been awarded numerous national and international awards, including, to name only the most important prizes: the 1985 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1986 and Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995 in France, the Praemium Imperiale Prize in Architecture of the Japan Art Association in 2000, a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 10th International Architecture Show at Biennale di Venezia in 2006, as well as the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest honour for an architect, in 2007. The most recent award is the AIA Gold Medal presented by the American Institute of Architects in 2019. In addition, his studio has twice been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize and has frequently been shortlisted among the finalists for the award, most recently in 2019 for the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience.
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