In 2006, the Richard Rogers partnership received the Stirling Prize for Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport in Madrid, and in 2007 Rogers received the Pritzker Prize, the “Nobel Prize” for architecture. The quote noted that he had “revolutionized museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city.”
The following year saw the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5, the culmination of a two-decade process that included the longest public inquiry in British history. In 2009, the Stirling Prize was won again for Maggie’s Center at Charing Cross Hospital, one of several drop-in centers for people with cancer.
Rogers returned to town after winning the design commission for a new building at 122 Leadenhall Street. Opened in 2014, it became known as the ‘Cheesegrater’ after city planning director Peter Rees saw a model and, he recalls, “told Richard Rogers I could imagine. his wife uses it to grate Parmesan cheese ”.
Rogers himself lived in a typical early 19th century house in Chelsea, with a noble interior influenced by Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris. Her love of family life was reflected in the open plan layout, with apartments for her mother and eldest child on the lower floors.
Rogers admitted to having a fondness for Meccano and once built a Lego model of the Center Pompidou. He loved children and encouraged his employees to bring theirs to the office.
Richard Rogers, who retired in September 2020, was knighted in 1991 and elevated to the peerage in 1996. In 2006, he was made a companion of honor. He first married, in 1960, Su Brumwell. They had three sons. He married secondly, in 1973, Ruth Elias, who runs the River Café restaurant in London; her husband redesigned an old oil storage facility to house her. They had a son and a son who died before him.
Lord Rogers of Riverside, born July 25, 1933, died December 18, 2021