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‘The quintessential builder’ – Richard Rogers wins AIA Gold Medal

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Richard Rogers has been awarded the Gold Medal 2019 by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The renowned British architect and founding principal of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was awarded the US’s top architecture prize, for his ‘lasting influence and significant contributions’ to the field.

Rogers won the award in recognition of his huge portfolio of work from early projects such as the Lloyd’s building in the City of London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris – designed with Renzo Piano – to the recently completed Three World Trade Center skyscraper in New York.

The AIA will award Rogers the prize at the National Conference on Architecture, taking place in Las Vegas next June.

The institute said Rogers was the ‘personification of an ideal architect’ and an ‘incredibly talented designer whose work has had profound and lasting impact on the people and communities he has served’.

Lloyd’s Building, London, by Richard Rogers, 1986

Lloyd’s Building, London, by Richard Rogers, 1986

Source: User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons

Lloyd’s Building, London, by Richard Rogers, 1986

Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, who won the award in 2015 and wrote in support of Rogers’ nomination, said he was the ‘quintessential builder’. 

He added: ‘Before it was fashionable, he was an environmentalist, who recognised early in his career the challenges of energy and climate, developing innovative solutions.’

Also lending his support, Renzo Piano described Rogers as ‘a friend, a companion of adventures and life’, adding: ‘He also happens to be a great architect and much more than that.

‘He is a planner attracted by the complexity of cities and the fragility of earth, a humanist curious about everything (from art to music, people, communities, and food), an inexhaustible explorer of the world. And there is one more thing he could be: a poet.’

31 centre pompidou ∏ rogers stirk harbour + partners

31 centre pompidou ∏ rogers stirk harbour + partners

Rogers said he was ‘delighted’ to win the gold medal, adding: ‘The evolution of architecture in America has been pioneering, from the Prairie House to the skyscraper, which has influenced architecture around the world. Technology has been at the forefront of this innovative spirit always promoting great design.

‘I have learned and embraced this approach since my time as a student. Above all, architecture is a collaborative process. I have been supported by many extremely talented people over the years – from the early days with, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Peter Rice, John Young, Laurie Abbott, Mike Davies to more recent years with Graham Stirk, Ivan Harbour, Andrew Morris, Lennart Grut and all at RSHP.

‘Most importantly, I couldn’t have achieved this without the support of my wife Ruthie and children.’

Previous winners of the AIA Gold Medal include James Stewart Polshek, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, Moshe Safdie and Thom Mayne. It has also been awarded posthumously to Paul Revere Williams and to Julia Morgan.

33 richard rogers and ivan harbour with prouvç house model ∏ rogers stirk harbour + partners

33 richard rogers and ivan harbour with prouvç house model ∏ rogers stirk harbour + partners

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