The architect Richard Rogers, one of the co-authors of the Center Pompidou, is dead

The architect and town planner Richard Rogers, one of the main representatives of the English “high tech” movement in the 1970s, and winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2007, died on Saturday, December 18, at the age of 88, in London.

Richard Rogers “Passed away peacefully”Matthew Freud, president and founder of communications agency Freuds, told UK news agency PA. According to le New York Times, his son Roo Rogers has confirmed his death, the cause of which has not been specified.

The Briton, promoted to Baron Rogers of Riverside in 1996, gained international fame in 1977, after the completion of the Center Georges-Pompidou in Paris, co-produced with the Italian Renzo Piano and to which the Irish engineer Peter Rice largely contributed. (1935-1992).

Richard Rogers was born July 23, 1933, in Florence, Italy. Her father, Nino, of British origin, is a doctor who grew up in Venice; from the aristocracy of Trieste, his mother, Ermenegilda, nicknamed “Dada”, is a potter. Lover of the arts, she had the writer James Joyce as an English teacher. In the home, culture occupies a major place. In 1938, with the father’s Jewish origins dangerously exposing him to fascist racial laws, the family moved to London, swapping the vast Florentine mansion with a view of Brunelleschi’s dome for a small, uncomfortable apartment in the Bayswater district.

Richard Rogers, who unwittingly suffers from dyslexia, hardly enjoys school. He left her at 18 and anticipated the call. His perfect command of Italian led him to carry out his military service in Trieste, in 1951. He became friends with an uncle, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, famous architect and future co-author, within the BBPR agency, of the Velasca tower ( 1958), a surprising neo-medieval resurgence of brutalist style, located in the heart of Milan. After the army, he worked at BBPR. Although having failed the entrance exams to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Richard Rogers entered the school by emphasizing the professional experience acquired with his uncle.

The meeting with Norman Foster

Richard Rogers did not leave lasting memories for his teachers. In 1958, one of them, in one of his periodic reviews, indicates: « His creations will continue to suffer, as long as his drawing is so bad, his working method so chaotic and his critical judgment so inarticulate. ” The interested party has always admitted that drawing is not his forte. This harsh judgment will be offset by his meeting with Su Brumwell, his first wife and the mother of three of his five children. When they finished their studies, the two left for Yale (Connecticut), where Rogers obtained a scholarship to prepare for a master’s degree (master’s degree). There he meets his compatriot Norman Foster and his wife, Wendy Cheesman, with whom he befriends. Back in England, the quartet creates Team 4.

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