The Pritzker Prize has announced that Richard Rogers will join the ranks as the latest member of its prestigious jury. Rogers, a Pritzker Laureate himself in 2007, is known for his innovative High-Tech style, establishing his name in the 1970s and 80s with buildings such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Lloyds of London. Since then, he has also become known for his advocacy in a range of urban issues, being commissioned by the UK Government to produce a report on British cities entitled "Towards an Urban Renaissance," and for his active role in politics as a member of the House of Lords.
"Richard Rogers understands architecture in its larger context and is deeply committed to its crucial role in creating livable cities," explained Tom Pritzker, the President of the Hyatt Foundation and the son of Pritzker Prize founders Jay and Cindy Pritzker. "In addition to being a Pritzker Laureate, Richard’s humanist perspective will make a substantial contribution to the jury and the message that is the core of the Prize."
Lord Peter Palumbo, the chair of the jury, added: "Richard Rogers is an architect, an urbanist, and a humanist of the highest order, whose appointment as a jury member of the Pritzker Prize will be widely welcomed, both in the world of architecture and by everybody connected with the prize."
"It is an honor to be invited to join the jury of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious international Architecture Award for a living architect," commented Rogers. "I continue to be inspired by architects from around the world, and it will be thrilling to be able to review the best of the best with my fellow jurors."
Pritzker Jurors always spend a number of years as a juror, overlapping appointments as a way to ensure continuity between years. With the addition of Rogers, the Pritzker Jury now consists of: