Richard Rogers, British Architect (born July 23, 1933)
Pompidou Center, Paris
Richard George Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside (born 23 July 1933) is a British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs. He was born in Florence in 1933 and attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, before graduating from Yale School of Architecture in 1962.
At Yale he met fellow student Norman Foster and on returning to England he set up architectural practice as Team 4 with Foster and their respective wives Sue Rogers and Wendy Cheesman. They quickly earned a reputation for high-tech industrial design.
In 1967 the practice split up, and Rogers joined Renzo Piano. An early commission was a house and studio for Humphre Spender near Maldon, Essex, a glass cube framed with I-beams. His career leapt forward when he won the design competition for the Pompidou Centre on 13 July 1971 with Renzo Piano and Peter Rice. This building established Rogers's trademark of exposing most of the building's services (water, heating ducts, and stairs) on the exterior, leaving the internal spaces uncluttered. The building is now a much admired Paris landmark, but at the time critics were mixed, dubbing the "inside-out" style "Bowellism". Refer to article source for full story...
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