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7 November 2012

Richard Rogers RA: Ideas in Progress

The Royal Academy’s new architectural space in Burlington Gardens will launch in July 2013 with an exhibition exploring the ethos and ideas of internationally renowned architect and urbanist Lord Rogers of Riverside RA. This exhibition will open a new chapter in the Royal Academy’s presentation of architecture.

Richard Rogers, whose eightieth birthday coincides with the exhibition’s launch, has created new attitudes in architecture and urban thinking for nearly half a century.

The exhibition will introduce the public to Rogers’ pioneering ideas about architecture and his important, continuing contribution to the way we think about cities and how we live in them. Rogers’ work as an architect has always gone beyond the buildings and his advocacy of the importance of public space, urban regeneration and better planning have been driven by his belief in the need to create vibrant cities for all people, poor and rich, to enjoy. His influence has inspired leaders across the world.

Rogers is best known as the co-architect with Renzo Piano of one of the most radical of 20th century buildings – the Centre Pompidou which opened in 1977. He is also the creator of Lloyds of London HQ in 1986 and the National Assembly of Wales in 2005. With his current practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Rogers is working on projects worldwide including a major extension to the British Museum and a masterplan for Sydney’s western waterfront, Barangaroo.

Radical, rational and beautifully crafted buildings together with public spirited urbanism and city planning have marked a career that continues to surprise and inspire.

This will not be a traditional architectural exhibition or a major retrospective, but rather an exploration of Richard Rogers’ approach to architecture and the credo he has developed. The credo which has informed all areas of his career from his design, writings, the approach of his practices, his many collaborations and his political advocacy and civic engagement.

Richard Rogers RA: Ideas in Progress will include previously unseen original material, drawings and personal items and form a unique look into the mind of a towering figure in contemporary creative life; someone described by the Prime Minister as ‘one of Britain’s greatest ever exporters of ideas.’

A series of debates and discussions on the major urban design issues facing us today will accompany the exhibition with contributions from innovative and influential artists, designers, philosophers and writers.

The exhibition will also be supported by an innovative education programme that will engage the wider public, appropriately, from 8 to 80.