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2007 Pritzker Prize, Los Angeles, United States 
Thursday 29 Mar 2007
 
Richard Rogers Pritzker win 
 
Richard Rogers with his benchmark Lloyds Building 
 
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Richard Rogers, whose firm Richard Rogers Partnership is headquartered in London, has been chosen as the 2007 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In accepting the prize he was critical of contemporary architecture, “We still haven’t achieved a high enough quality in terms of both buildings and public spaces in contemporary architecture. There’s a long way to go. If you take a trip to the Thames Gateway, it’s pretty disappointing to see what’s been built on one of the most beautiful rivers of the world. It’s basic stuff — if you take a boat down it you see that half the buildings look away from the river.” The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be held on June 4 in London. At that time, a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion will be bestowed on the 73-year old architect at The Banqueting House, designed in 1619 by Inigo Jones. In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, president of The Hyatt Foundation, quoted from the jury citation, “Born in Florence, Italy, and trained as an architect in London, at the Architectural Association, and later, in the United States at Yale University, Rogers has an outlook as urbane and expansive as his upbringing. In his writings, through his role as advisor to policy making groups, as well as his large-scale planning work, Rogers is a champion of urban life and believes in the potential of the city to be a catalyst for social change.” In Rogers’ own words, his vision is that cities of the future “will no longer be zoned as today in isolated one-activity ghettos; rather they will resemble the more richly layered cities of the past. Living, work, shopping, learning, and leisure will overlap and be housed in continuous, varied and changing structures.”

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
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