Fans of contemporary architecture are sure to be familiar with the work of Richard Rogers, the Italian-born British architect who masterminded buildings like the Millennium Dome, the Lloyd's building and, with the collaboration of Renzo Piano, Paris' famous Pompidou Centre.
The Royal Academy of Art is about to launch Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out, a new exhibition that commemorates this impressive and influential body of work – exploring how Rogers has remained at the forefront of radical urban design for almost half a century.
Curators explain: "'Inside Out' will reveal the man and the ideas behind these pioneering buildings.
"Throughout his career, Rogers' creations have been shaped by political, social and ethical concerns, as well as popular culture, technology, art and urbanism. This blend of influences is manifest not only in his architecture, but also in his roles as a speaker, writer, politician and activist."
The exhibition showcases previously unseen material from Rogers' archive, including drawings, models and personal items – giving a unique insight into how the architect has consistently engaged with the key issues of his day and turned these thought processes into groundbreaking buildings.
Visitors will also be able to attend debates, discussions and workshops – all offered by the Royal Academy as part of a fascinating programme of peripheral events.
These include London As It Could Be Now, where emerging architectural teams will present their ideas for possible new projects on the banks of the Thames before a panel of industry experts. This runs from 3pm to 5pm on September 22nd, taking place in the final room of the exhibition space.
Finally, a new environmentally-friendly, flat-packed Manufactured House designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners will be exhibited through August and September.
Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out will be held at the Royal Academy's Burlington Gardens premises, near to the Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stops – so those staying in central London hotels should find it easy to reach.
The exhibition opens on July 18th.