Tomorrow the Hyatt Foundation will announce that this year’s Pritzker Prize, architecture’s most visible honor, will go to Richard Rogers, the British pioneer of high tech, designer of the furiously imagined Lloyd’s of London headquarters in London and co-designer (with Renzo Piano) of the Pompidou Center in Paris.
It’s a safe decision no doubt — a lot of people probably assume that Rogers had already won the thing years ago — but well deserved. Rogers went beyond the Modernist dictum to make the elements of a building express their functions. He virtually turned some of his buildings inside out. I’ll have a lot more to say tomorrow.