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Behind the façade: Richard Rogers’ autobiography is an exercise in self-congratulation

Few architects can bear to be criticised, but why is Rogers so very thin-skinned?

By Gavin Stamp   January 2018

Finishing touches: Richard Rogers’s company designed the Lloyd’s of London building, in 1986. Photo: PA

On the front cover of this autobiography-cum-polemic, Richard Rogers is depicted, arms folded, gazing out of the frame with half-closed eyes, looking visionary. “This is an essential book for anyone interested in our human future,” writes the sculptor Antony Gormley on the bright-pink back of the dust-jacket. Inside, many of the pages are bright yellow. Perhaps it is a mercy that the cover photograph is black and white, for the author is given…

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