Chris Rogers writes on architecture and visual culture, informed by thirty years of investigation, research and conversations with practitioners. His new book How to Read London - A crash course in London architecture, published by The Ivy Press, is now available, a follow-up to his How to Read Paris (2016).
Chris's first book, The Power of Process - The Architecture of Michael Pearson, was published in 2010 by Black Dog Publishing. He recently contributed to The Barbican - Architecture and Light by photographer Alan Ainsworth, published by Oblique.
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.
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 closure of the world-famous Bow Street magistrates’ court in Covent Garden, London in 2006. The booklet examined the architecture, history and cultural context of the building, and was exclusively available to those attending a commemorative event. 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 in 2004.
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. He will be giving a series of four talks for this summer's London Festival of Architecture; the events, which are free for anyone to attend, explore successive buildings erected on the same spot for the same patron over the last century in the City of London, his particular field of expertise.