Marking the architecture titan's 80th birthday, 'Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out at the Royal Academy of Arts' is a timely revisit of his exceptional body of work - also celebrated in wallpaper's July 2013 issue.
The show, curated by the Royal Academy of Arts' consultant curator for architecture, Jeremy Melvin, examines key events and projects in Rogers' life and professional career, introducing the visitor to his beliefs about the importance of collaboration and team work, the key role of architecture and urban design, social responsibility and the need to create a vibrant city for all. 'No man is an island', announces Rogers in a recorded message in the exhibition's brightly coloured entrance, 'and neither is a building'. From the influence of his Italian roots to his education at the Architectural Association and Yale and his career onwards, the displays - designed by Rogers' son Ab - offer an interesting insight into Rogers' work and ethos.
Highlighting some of the architect's landmark projects - such as the Pompidou he designed as Rogers + Piano, the Lloyd's Building, the Barajas airport Terminal 4 and the National Assembly for Wales, all created by the Richard Rogers Partnership - the show also includes a wealth of previously unseen notes, sketches, drawings, personal items and ephemera. These are all created by - or linked to - the architect during his over 50-year-long career spanning work as Team 4 (with Norman and Wendy Foster, Su Rogers and Georgie Walton), Richard + Su Rogers, Piano + Rogers, the Richard Rogers Partnership and finally his office in its current form, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
The architect might be 80, but he is showing no signs of slowing down, as we proved in our July issue. With a £135m extension to the British Museum, as well as a revival of 22 hectares of a disused container port in Sydney called Barangaroo in the pipeline for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (among other projects), the architect is still firmly on the rise.