Millennium Dome architect Lord Rogers dead at 88: Pioneer behind Pompidou Centre and Lloyd’s of London HQ is remembered as a ‘gracious man and glorious talent’

  • Richard Rogers (Architect), who created Millennium Dome has passed away at 88 
  • He designed also the Pompidou Centre Paris and Lloyd’s of London.
  • The Pritzker award 2017 went to Lord Rogers for his’revolutionized’ museums.

Richard Rogers, the architect who transformed London’s skyline through the Millennium Dome (and the ‘Cheesegrater’Leadenhall Building), has passed away at the age of88.

His communications agent said that Lord Rogers, the architect of both the Pompidou Centre and Lloyd’s of London, died peacefully on Saturday evening.

Paul Goldberger, an American architect critic, called the news “heartbreaking” and added that it was “another big loss for architecture in 2020.” An exemplary man, and an extraordinary talent. RIP’.

British architect Richard Rogers, known for designing some of the world's most famous buildings including Paris' Pompidou Centre, has died aged 88

Richard Rogers (British architect), who was responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including Paris’ Pompidou Centre has passed away at 88.

The London Millennium Dome, designed by British architect Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers, British architect designed the London Millennium Dome.

The 'Cheesegrater' Leadenhall Building, completed in 2013, is among the most recognisable recent additions to London's skyline

The 2013 completion of the Leadenhall Building – aka the “Cheesegrater” – is one of London’s most distinctive additions.

Lord Rogers was the son of an Anglo-Italian couple in Florence in 1933. He moved to England at age 14 to study at the Architectural Association School of Architure, London, before completing a master’s degree from Yale.

He also designed the Senedd Building in Cardiff, and Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights. His work was awarded the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal.

He was lauded by the Pritzker jury in 2017 for his’revolutionised museums and transformation of what once were elite monuments into places of cultural exchange and social interaction woven into heart of city.’

In 2014, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London by Guildhall Art Gallery for his contributions to architecture and urbanism.

Lord Rogers, one of the two architects of the cultural 'Pompidou' centre poses in front of the building in Paris

One of two architects for the Cultural ‘Pompidou’ centre in Paris, Lord Rogers poses in front the building

The Pompidou Centre in Paris, designed in the style of high-tech architecture, was constructed between 1971 and 1977

Paris’ Pompidou Centre, which was designed to be high-tech architecture in the 1970s, was completed between 1971 and 1977.

The Pompidou Centre houses France's public information library as well as  the Musée National d'Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Eu

The Pompidou Centre houses France’s public information library as well as  the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Eu

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, designed by British architect Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers, a British architect designed the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (ECHR).

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Channel 4 News’ presenter, paid tribute early Sunday to Lord Rogers. His firm was responsible for designing the channel’s headquarters at 124 Horseferry Road. He described Rogers as a ‘wonderful architect’.

The New York Times reports that Lord Rogers’ surviving family includes Lady Ruth, the sons Ab and Ben, Roo and Zad as well his brother Peter. There are also 13 grandchildren.