Graham Stirk, Ivan Harbour and Richard Rogers



Richard Rogers/Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Richard Rogers is one of the living giants of architecture and, at 83, he shows few signs of slowing down, either in terms of the output of his studio or his willingness to speak up for a cause he believes in.

Rogers came to the defence of the late architect Zaha Hadid this year, most notably speaking up for her scrapped Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, while it also emerged that he lobbied hard to ensure her design for the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics was selected.

He also campaigned to save the brutalist Robin Hood Gardens housing estate, completed in 1972 by Alison and Peter Smithson, from demolition.

After completing the Cheesegrater tower last year, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were busy this year with a brightly coloured prefabricated housing scheme for homeless people in Mitcham, south London.

Also popular with readers this year was the firm's competition-winning design for Taiwan Taoyuan airport terminal and its redesign of a flatpack home originally created by Jean Prouvé in 1944. The 6x6 Demountable House was originally intended as a housing solution for victims of the second world war but Rogers' version is designed for use as a holiday home.

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