Richard Rogers Pritzker win

Thursday 29 Mar 2007

Richard Rogers, whose firm Richard Rogers Partnership isheadquartered in London, has been chosen as the 2007 Laureate of the Pritzker ArchitecturePrize. 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 asarchitecture’s highest honor will be held on June 4 in London. At that time, a $100,000 grantand a bronze medallion will be bestowed on the 73-year old architect at The BanquetingHouse, designed in 1619 by Inigo Jones.In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, president of The HyattFoundation, quoted from the jury citation, “Born in Florence, Italy, and trained as anarchitect in London, at the Architectural Association, and later, in the United States atYale University, Rogers has an outlook as urbane and expansive as his upbringing. Inhis writings, through his role as advisor to policy making groups, as well as his large-scaleplanning work, Rogers is a champion of urban life and believes in the potential of the cityto be a catalyst for social change.”In Rogers’ own words, his vision is that cities of the future “will no longer be zonedas today in isolated one-activity ghettos; rather they will resemble the more richly layeredcities of the past. Living, work, shopping, learning, and leisure will overlap and be housedin continuous, varied and changing structures.”

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