Richard Rogers, British architect behind Pompidou Centre, dies aged 88
LONDON – British architect Richard Rogers, known for designing some of the world’s most famous buildings including Paris’ Pompidou Centre, has died aged 88, according to media reports. Rogers, who changed the London skyline with distinctive creations such as the Millennium Dome and the ‘Cheesegrater’, “passed away quietly” Saturday night, Freud communications agency’s Matthew Freud told the Press Association. His son Roo Rogers also confirmed his death to the New York Times, but did not give the cause. The Italian-born architect won a series of awards for his designs, including the 2007 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the pioneers of the “high-tech” architecture movement, distinguished by structures incorporating industrial materials such as glass and steel. He is the co-creator of France’s Pompidou Centre — opened in 1977 and famed for its multi-coloured, pipe-covered facade — which he designed with Italian architect Renzo Piano.