Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP (RSHP) is a British architectural firm, founded in 1977 and originally known as the Richard Rogers Partnership. Its main offices are located in the Leadenhall Building, London. Previously they were at the Thames Wharf Studios. In its various incarnations it is known for many important buildings including Lloyd's building and the Millennium Dome in London and the National Assembly for Wales building in Cardiff.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Edificio Leadenhall y Gherkin, Londres, Inglaterra, 2014-08-11, DD 153.JPG
Leadenhall Building, designed by RSH+P and now its head office. In the foreground, the Lloyd's building also designed by RSH+P.
Practice information
Key architectsRichard Rogers, Graham Stirk, Ivan Harbour
Founded1977; 44 years ago (1977)
as the Richard Rogers Partnership
LocationLevel 14, 122 Leadenhall Street, London.[1]
Significant works and honors
BuildingsMaggie's Centre, London
One Hyde Park, London
Heathrow Terminal 5, London
Central Park Station, Taiwan
ProjectsGrand Paris
AwardsManser Medal (2008)
Stirling Prize (2006 & 2009)


The firm's principal offices are located at Leadenhall Building in London. It also maintains offices in Shanghai and Sydney. As of March 2016 the firm has thirteen partners, including Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour.[2] The practice is run with a profit-share scheme and a limit on the directors' salaries in comparison with those of the lowest paid in the office.[3]

The previous head office at Thames Wharf Studios, Hammersmith

The practice is strongly focused on sustainability, urban regeneration and social awareness, themes that have long been a feature of Rogers' work. Celebration of public space and the encouragement of public activities is also a recurring theme.[4][non-primary source needed]

It is owned by a charitable trust, ensuring that no individual owns any share in its value and preventing private trading and inheritance of shares. The practice divides its profits between all of the staff and their chosen charities, according to publicly declared principles.[5][non-primary source needed]


Soon after the Pompidou Centre in Paris was opened in 1977, Richard Rogers formed the Richard Rogers Partnership and started work on the Lloyd's building in London. Richard Rogers explained the reason for the change of the practice name from the Richard Rogers Partnership to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 2007 was because "We wanted to avoid the situation where the name of the practice is someone who died 100 years ago. Architecture is a living thing. If I want to leave something to the future, it has to be able to change – but retain something of the ethos that we built up over 50 years."[3]

In November 2015 Rogers Stirk Harbour created five new partners including Tracy Meller who became their first woman partner. Founding partner Mike Davies stepped down.[6]


In 2006 the practice was awarded the Stirling Prize for their Madrid-Barajas Airport, Terminal 4.[3]

In 2008, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was awarded the Manser Medal for Houses and Housing, given for the best one-off house (Oxley Woods) designed by an architect in the UK.[7]

In 2009 it was awarded the Stirling Prize for Maggie's Centre in London.[8] It won the RIBA National Award 2015 for NEO Bankside luxury apartments in London and was subsequently shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for the second time.[9]

Notable projectsEdit

This list contains projects from the beginning of the partnership in 1977 through to the present day. For earlier work by Richard Rogers, Team 4, Richard and Su Rogers and Piano + Rogers, see the Richard Rogers page.

The Richard Rogers Partnership

Selection of Richard Rogers Partnership projects

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Selection of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners projects

Key personnelEdit

Partners of the firm as of 2014 were Richard Rogers, Mike Davies, Graham Stirk, Ivan Harbour, Andrew Morris, Lennart Grut, Richard Paul, Ian Birtles and Simon Smithson

Current personnelEdit

Ivan Harbour

Ivan Harbour joined Richard Rogers Partnership in 1985, in 1993 he was made a senior director. In 2007 the practice changed from Richard Rogers Partnership to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Harbour led the design team for the Senedd (National Assembly for Wales building), Terminal 4 Barajas Airport, Madrid (winner of the 2006 Stirling Prize), the Law Courts in Antwerp and Bordeaux and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg.

Harbour was lead architect for the Madrid Airport Terminal 4 project[3] and Project Director for the first Maggie's Cancer Centre in London (winner of the 2009 Stirling Prize), and 300 New Jersey Avenue, an office building in Washington DC (due for completion in Summer 2009).[16]

Graham Stirk

Stirk was Design Director at NEO Bankside

Graham Stirk joined Richard Rogers Partnership in 1983 and was made a senior director in 1995. In 2007 the practice changed from Richard Rogers Partnership to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. He has been involved in the design of a number of projects in the UK as well as projects worldwide, including Japan, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.

Stirk is the Design Director of several major projects, including a 48-storey office tower at 122 Leadenhall Street that could become the tallest tower in the City of London and NEO Bankside in London, a residential scheme consisting of 229 apartments and an extension to the British Museum. Stirk also contributed to the design of several key masterplanning projects including Potsdamer Platz, Berlin and Paddington Basin, London. Stirk was Director in Charge of the expansion to the Lloyds Register of Shipping building at 71 Fenchurch Street, One Hyde Park and 88 Wood Street.[17]

Mike Davies

Davies was the project director on Heathrow Terminal 5 project

Mike Davies was a founding partner of the Richard Rogers Partnership and a senior partner in Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.[18] He joined the partnership between Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano in 1971, shortly after they won the commission to design the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and later became one of the founding directors of the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977.

Davies was the project director for the Millennium Dome in London and for Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and is currently project director for Grand Paris.[19] He stepped down from his role in the company at the end of 2015.[6]

Rogers Stirk Harbour reorganised the business at the end of 2015 and Davies stepped down from his role as a partner in the company. He was to continue working for them in a part-time capacity.[6]

Previous personnelEdit

Richard Rogers

The Pompidou Centre in Paris

Richard Rogers is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and was knighted in 1991 and made a life peer in 1996.[20]

Rogers' first work came when he co-founded Team 4 in 1963 with Su Brumwell, Wendy Cheeseman and Norman Foster. Team 4's first project was Creek Vean, a residential property in Cornwall. Team 4 dissolved in 1967.[21] He then established a partnership with Su Rogers (née Brumwell), John Young and Laurie Abbott in 1967. By July 1971 Rogers had won a design competition to build the Pompidou Centre in Paris with co-partner with Italian architect Renzo Piano.

In 1977 he established the Richard Rogers Partnership with Marco Goldschmied and Mike Davies, where they went on to build the Lloyd's building and Millennium Dome both in London, the Senedd in Cardiff, and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg. He is a winner of the RIBA Gold Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Minerva Medal and Pritzker Prize.

In September 2020, Rogers announced that he had stepped down from the practice and that his name would be removed from the firm's in due course. He formally retired from the board earlier in June of the same year.[22]

Marco Goldschmied

Marco Goldschmied first joined Richard Rogers in 1969.[23]

He was co-founder of the Richard Rogers Partnership along with Mike Davies and John Young in 1977 became its managing director in 1984. He left the practice on 30 June 2004.[24] Rogers and Goldschmied were involved in a £10 million lawsuit, which was settled out of court in 2006, where the Richard Rogers Partnership would remain in the property along with River Café.[25]

Laurie Abbott

Laurie Abbott built house in Frimley, Surrey

Laurie Abbott joined Team 4 as an assistant architect, working on Creek Vean in Cornwall.[26]

He built small development of properties in Frimley, was a senior director at the Richard Rogers Partnership, and was involved in the Pompidou Centre and the Lloyd's building.

Amanda Levete

Amanda Levete was born 17 November 1955. She joined the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1984, and left in 1989 to join Jan Kaplický as a partner in Future Systems.

John Young

Richard and Su Rogers along with John Young and Laurie Abbott, went into partnership after Team 4 had dissolved. He continued to work with Richard Rogers while in the Piano + Rogers partnership. Young along with Goldschmeid, Davies and Rogers set up the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1976.[27]


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  25. ^ "Rogers and Goldschmied end legal battle out of court". Architects' Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  26. ^ "Creekvean and Attached Entrance Bridge and Walls to Road, Feock". Retrieved 2014-06-15.
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