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Rogers the no-hoper

Among the artefacts at the Royal Academy’s exhibition focusing on the work of Richard Rogers is the starchitect’s scathing 1958 school report from the Architectural Association

Describing the Double Stirling Prize-winner’s entry into the fourth year as ‘not successful’, the report goes on to say: ‘[Rogers] has a genuine interest in and a feeling for architecture, but sorely lacks the intellectual equipment to translate these feelings into sound building.

‘His drawings will continue to suffer while his drawing is so bad, his method of work so chaotic and his critical judgment so inarticulate.’

His only test pass, presciently, was in ‘Services’.

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