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Lord Richard Rogers: The Pompidou and Millennium Dome architect dies aged 88

Rogers’ father, Nino, was a medical doctor of Jewish descent and a relative of an Italian architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers.

Richard Rogers wikipedia
Richard Rogers/ Wikipedia

One of the world’s best-known architects, the British and Italian Lord Richard Rogers, died at his home in London on Saturday evening. He was 88 years old.

A statement about his passing was published on the Studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners‘ website. Rogers was a founding partner of the firm.

Lord Rogers was widely recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished and influential architects, having received some of the world’s highest awards in the field and he was knighted in 1991. He was, among othersthings, a recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, and the Pritzker Prize.Rogers is well-known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lloyd’s building in London, Millennium Dome in London, Senedd building in Cardiff, and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg.

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Richard Rogers was born into an Italian family in 1933. His father, Nino Rogers, was a medical doctor of Jewish descent and a relative of an Italian architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers.

Queen Elizabeth II with Richard Rogers and first wife Sue Essex
Queen Elizabeth II with Richard Rogers and first wife Sue

His mother Dada was an Italian aristocrat. They lived in a luxurious home in Florence, with a roof terrace giving striking views of Brunelleschi’s cathedral dome.

In 1938, when Rogers was five, the family abandoned everything and fled from Fascist Italy to seek refuge in London.

Among his early work was the Jaffa house outside London, which Stanley Kubrick made famous when he included it in “A Clockwork Orange.”

One of his many innovations was disguising all manner of piping and wiring, such as ventilation, water pipes, elevators, and toilets, behind walls and atop roofs, as well as in extensions strapped outside of his buildings.

Rogers was married to Ruth Rogers, a Jewish chef, and owner of West London’s the River Café restaurant. They had two kids, Roo and Bo, together (deceased 2011)

Rogers also had three kids from his previous marriage to Su Brumwell: Ben, Zad, and Ab.

He was named one of GQ’s 50 best-dressed men in the United Kingdom in 2015.



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