Architect Lord Richard Rogers has been awarded the 2015 Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development which recognises a person who has “demonstrated a long-term commitment to creating communities which reflect the highest standards of design and development”.
The prize was set up to honour the legacy of Kansas City developer J.C. Nichols who was also a founding member of the Urban Land Institute.
The judges said: “His emphasis on design that complements and enhances day-to-day living in urban areas is reflected in his 53 years of work as an architect and in his role as an urban design adviser to numerous public officials, including service as chairman of the British government’s Urban Task Force from 1998 to 2000.
“Throughout his career, Rogers has advocated for a more humanistic approach to community building, maintaining that the difference between success and failure hinges on how space is used, consideration of human elements in urban planning, and appealing, inclusive public places.”
Portrait by Alan Rusbridger for Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners