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Richard Rogers, the architect of the Pompidou in Paris and the Barajas Airport T4, dies


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Richard Rogers, the architect who devised, among other projects, the Pompidou in Paris or the Terminal T-4 of the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas Airport (the latter in collaboration with the Spanish study Antonio Lamela), has died at the age of 88, as reported by his son, Roo Rogers, who has not provided further details.

Rogers was one of the most recognized and internationally successful architects. He was born on July 23, 1933 in the Italian city of Florence in the bosom of an English family. He was only there for five years. Back in London, he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the British capital, and also studied at the Yale University School of Architecture.

In this center he met Norman Foster, with whom he would create in London Team 4 -which would also be part of their respective wives, Su Rogers and Wendy Cheesman, as well as Georgie Wolton, the only person titled architect of the team when they created Team 4, which allowed them to execute architectural works

Following the group’s dissolution in 1967, Rogers partnered with the Italian Renzo Piano. Together they would project in 1971 the Georges Pompidou Center, a building that generated great expectation and also great controversy. The structure and facilities ran through the exterior, leaving the interior spaces completely open.

In 1977 he created his own studio in London, Richard Rogers Partnership. With him he projected several of his most outstanding works, among them the London headquarters of the Lloyds firm (1978-1986) and the Lloyd’s Register building (1993-2000); the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (1989-1994) and the Palace of Justice in Bordeaux (1992-1998), both in France; the London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (1989-2008); the Channel 4 building of the Gala TV in the British capital (1990-1994); the new financial district of Shanghai (1992-1994), in China; the Dome of the New Millennium (1996-1999), in London; the headquarters of the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff (1998-2005); or the London Grand Union building (2001).

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In Spain, his most relevant work is the new terminal at the Madrid airport (1997-2005), along with the Spanish Antonio Lamela, inaugurated in February 2006.

But there are other examples of its architecture in our country: the building of the Bodegas Protos de Peñafiel (1993-1999), in Valladolid; the Balearic Park for Technological Innovation ‘ParcBIT’ (1995-2001), the Hesperia Convention Center in Barcelona (1999-2006); and the remodeling of the old bullring Las Arenas de Barcelona in leisure center (2000-2006).

Named Sir Richard George Rogers in 1991, he was also awarded the Order of the French Legion of Honor and the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (1985). In 2007 he received the prestigious Pritzker Prize.

In 2020 he announced his retirement after 43 years dedicated to architecture.

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