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British Architect Receives Top Honor in Field

The Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest medal, was awarded Monday in London to Richard Rogers. The NewsHour shares highlights of an interview with the winning architect.

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  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    In his first internationally acclaimed project, the 1977 Pompidou Centre in Paris, British architect Richard Rogers and co-designer Renzo Piano turned the building inside out, exposing structural underpinnings, ducting, service lines, many of the component parts that make a building.

    Rogers would go on to design numerous high-profile and acclaimed projects, including the Lloyd's of London office tower from 1984, and his award-winning terminal design for Madrid's Barajas Airport, completed just last year.

    Over a career spanning four decades, he's taken on a wide range of projects: offices, homes, schools, cultural centers, and much more. And now, at 73, Rogers, who was born in Italy and educated in London and at Yale, has won the Pritzker Prize, his profession's highest honor.

    In its citation, the Pritzker jury said, "Rogers is a champion of urban life and believes in the potential of the city to be a catalyst for change. We celebrate Richard Rogers, a humanist, who reminds us that architecture is the most social of arts."

    Rogers has, in fact, played a very public role in Britain, as head of a national task force on planning and development, which released a report called "Toward an Urban Renaissance." And he has long emphasized fitting his buildings into the city life around them. Most of his work to date has been done overseas, but he's had several projects in the U.S., including four currently underway in New York City, one of them, the new Tower 3 at the World Trade Center site.

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