May 8, 2008
by Canadian Architect
On Thursday, May 15th, Richard Rogers, 2007 Pritzker Prize Laureate will be speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Richard Rogers, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, has had a long, distinguished, and influential career in architecture. He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School in London and then at Yale as a Fulbright Scholar. The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1971-77), which he designed in partnership with Renzo Piano, brought him considerable notoriety due to its groundbreaking design which took the interior structure, pedestrian circulation, and mechanical systems normally housed on the inside of a building and placed them on the outside, freeing up internal space for exhibition galleries. It is indicative of a style that, in the architect’s words, embraces “buildings…which are what we call legible you can read how the building is put together.”
Richard Rogers’ esteemed works include Lloyd’s of London (1978-1986), Terminal 4, Barajas Airport in Madrid (1997-2005) which was awarded the 2006 Stirling Prize, the master plan for the Municipality of Almada in Lisbon, Portugal (2002-06), and the design for a 71-storey tower for the World Trade Center site at 175 Greenwich Street in New York, currently under construction. To honour these significant contributions to the field, Richard Rogers was named the 2007 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s highest honour.
Rogers will speak at the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for A & D Society members and $15 for general public. To purchase tickets, please visit www.archdesignsociety.org or call 312.443.3631.