Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

"I'm a reporter for the Hendon and Finchley Press newspaper. I've been following up rumours about the Avengers sequel being shot at the old Peel Centre and came across your blog. Any chance I could give you a call for a quick chat?"

"This is super […] your blog is the best serious introduction to the place we have" Graham Voce, co-owner of the 'Grand Designs' Lambeth Water Tower

“I’m a student studying Interior Architecture & Design at university. We have recently been given a project to redesign the head office of a NGO. I have chosen the Cancer Research head office in The Angel building….”

“I’m a journalist with the Guardian. I read, with great interest, one of your blog postings as it corresponded to a large extent with an issue that I am currently looking atI would be extremely grateful for any time which you might have to spare. I'm trying to bring myself up to date with the situation in relation to some of the developments you wrote about...”

Responses to a fan link to Fragments of a hologram rose: Re-seeing Blade Runner:

Great post [KokiiRvu at 8:33 AM on August 31] Gaff’s deleted script is excellent. Thanks for posting [arcticseal at 8:39 AM on August 31] Great, great post [Bljizecork Pileon at 10:04AM on August 31] Wow, mind blown: that cool gun that Leon uses in the first scene, the one that seemed so incredible in its perfectly imagined near-futureness? [Me-atbomb at 12:32 PM on August 31] Yeah good one the Esper discussion is fascinating [GallonOfAlan at 12:58 AM on September 1] This has some great photos and bits of information that I hadn’t come across before, thanks! […]

“A pleasure to read your editorial for London Architecture Diary and to peruse your web site. I also have a strong interest in post war modernism, wherever I can find it. I'm currently living in Beijing and have been trying to find the few examples of modernism here for Phaidon's upcoming architecture atlas. If there is an opportunity to collaborate in the future, I would be interested. I hope your new book flies off the shelf!”

“I was googling for information about some buildings when I got to your site; would it be possible to get your text of the page as a pdf? I am a Swiss façade consultant and am teaching building envelopes at the Accademia of Architecture, Mendrisio, which is a Swiss architecture school; we are organizing a visit to London with our students in July ..."

Chris Rogers writes and speaks about architecture and other aspects of visual culture, informed by thirty years of research including conversations with practitioners. He is currently giving a series of weekly talks for the London Festival of Architecture 2017, recently delivered the session on contemporary London for The London Society's Saturday Architecture School and wrote a number of essays for the forthcoming '30-Second Paris' (Ivy Press, 2018).

Chris creates and leads architectural tours for a range of groups, including British architectural education and preservation charity the Twentieth Century Society; he also writes for the Society's publications and contributes casework research. He recently contributed to The Barbican - Architecture and Light by photographer Alan Ainsworth, published by Oblique.

In the summer of 2014, Chris broke the world exclusive story that scenes for Joss Whedon’s film Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) were being shot on a police training base in London, and blogged throughout the summer on progress.

Chris was invited to join the Almeida theatre’s community of digital writers, who blog about each new production, in 2013. In 2011, Chris was engaged by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to write information packs for some of their projects, including the new Chobham Harris Academy built in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Chris was commissioned by the Senior District Judge for England & Wales to write A Courthouse in Bow Street, marking the 2006 closure of the world-famous Bow Street magistrates’ court in Covent Garden. The booklet examined the architecture, history and cultural context of the building, and was exclusively available to those attending a reception to mark the event. In 2004, the internationally-acclaimed artist and print maker Richard Walker invited Chris to write an essay on one of his major site-specific pieces for his biographical book Image and Myth, published by Paul Holberton.

Online and in print Chris has contributed to Little White Lies, Art Quarterly (the magazine of British art-saving charity The Art Fund) and The Architects' Journal, and has guest-edited the London Architecture Diary. He wrote two series for The Big Picture on the relationship between architecture and film and fictional brands and products in movies and was a regular critic for Art of England magazine. He often posts on the Internet Movie Database and can be found on LinkedIn.

Chris lives in London.

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Portrait: Rob Wickings

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