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About this talk

Running time: 28 minutes

Richard Rogers, best known for his designs for the Centre Pompidou (see Culturalising Today's Technology, Exploring The Boundaries Of Design and Nature Of Engineering), and for Lloyd's of London (see Genesis Of The New Lloyd's Underwriting Room and Forms Follow Function), is a Royal Academician in both the UK and Holland. He is a Royal Gold Medallist (1985), he is Chairman of the Board of the Tate Gallery, London, and he is a member of the UN Architects Commission, amount other honoraria.

Born in 1933 in Florence, and educated at the AA School of architecture in London, and at Yale University, he went into practice in Team 4 with Norman Foster (see More With Less, Exploring The City and Chateau Margaux, France) in 1963. From 1970 - 1977 he was in partnership with Renzo Piano (see Culturalising Today's Technology and New York Times Building & The Shard), but after they parted he set up Richard Rogers & Partners, subsequently renamed Richard Rogers Partnership Ltd. The practice has received many awards for their work which has been exhibited, filmed and published in many countries.

Rogers himself has taught at various universities. In 1986 he had the distinction of being the subject of a biography by Brian Appleyard. In his talk he expresses his primary interest in people, his planning architecture being first and foremost for them. Consequently the Centre Pompidou is the most visited and enjoyed building in Europe.

The other projects he describes all reflect the same concern. He considers himself part of the Modern movement: "a period which is trying to re-evaluate its role... recognising the value of the past and the fact that the present and future are built on the past".

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Richard Rogers

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