Richard Rogers was known for designing some of the world’s most famous buildings (Picture: AFP)
The architect who designed the Millennium Dome has died aged 88.
Lord Richard Rogers, who also designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Lloyd’s of London building, ‘passed away quietly’ on Saturday evening.
American architecture critic Paul Goldberger called the news ‘heartbreaking’, adding it was ‘another huge loss for architecture in 2021. A gracious man and a glorious talent. RIP’.
Lord Rogers was born in 1933 to an Anglo-Italian family in Florence, Italy.
He moved to England at a young age, where he later trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture before graduating with a master’s from Yale.
His designs, which also include the Senedd building in Cardiff and Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights, won critical acclaim with the Royal Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize in 2017.
Richard Rogers in his studio in 1979 (Picture: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty)
The Pompidou Centre in Paris was another masterpiece in architecture designed by Richard Rogers (Picture: AFP)
The O2 complex, also known as the Millennium Dome, in Greenwich, south-east London (Picture: AP)
The Pritzker jury praised him for having ‘revolutionised museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city’.
He received the Freedom of the City of London in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to architecture and urbanism.
Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy paid tribute to Lord Rogers as someone ‘whose wonderful buildings are testament to an amazing, inventive, charismatic man’.
Lord Rogers is reportedly survived by his wife Lady Ruth, sons Ab, Ben, Roo and Zad, his brother Peter and 13 grandchildren.
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