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Architect Rogers joins elite roll

Lord Rogers
Lord Rogers left school without getting any qualifications

Celebrated architect Lord Rogers has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's Birthday list.

The exclusive recognition is given to those making a contribution in arts, science, medicine, or government.

The order consists of just 65 ordinary members at any time. Lord Rogers was previously knighted in 1992.

Lord Rogers' projects include the Millennium Dome, the European Court of Human Rights, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and London's Lloyd's Building.

He will join the likes of painter Lucian Freud, Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, painter David Hockney, and politician Sir John Major in the order.

"I am very proud to be made a Companion of Honour and grateful for the opportunity it gives me to raise awareness of the importance of quality in architecture and design," Lord Rogers said Friday.

"I would also like to thank all those people I have worked with in more than 40 years as an architect.

"This recognition is as much for their achievements as it is for mine."

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Richard Rogers was born in Florence in July 1933, the son of Anglo-Italian parents who brought him to England when he was six.

He suffered from dyslexia, and left school with no qualifications, but, after National Service in the Army, qualified as an architect.

He trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and Yale in the US.

He worked briefly in the US before returning to London to set up in practice with Norman Foster, another leading practitioner of steel and glass construction.

In 1971, Lord Rogers joined forces with another architect, Renzo Piano, and an engineer, Ted Happold, to enter the French government's competition for the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

They won, and early hostility to the controversial design was overtaken by the Centre's popularity as a tourist attraction - it drew more visitors than either the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.

In 1986 his most ambitious project, the 175m Lloyds Building in the City of London, was opened. He was recently chosen as the architect of Tower 3 at the World Trade Center site in New York.

Lord Rogers ran his architect's practice on semi-co-operative lines, with a third of the profits going to charity. He sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.


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