Chris Rogers writes, speaks and leads tours on architecture and other aspects of visual culture, informed by thirty years of research and conversations with practitioners. He is the author of three books, below.
His piece on Fitzroy Robinson's atrium buildings in the City of London closes the new peer-reviewed Journal from the Twentieth Century Society, and he opened that body's spring lecture series for 2020 with an analysis of the origins of the speculative office in the Square Mile.
A selection of collaborations with other organisations, companies and websites can be found on the Partnerships tab.
When creating architectural tours for private groups and organisations (which have included the Barbican arts complex in 2019), Chris often works closely with the relevant buildings' architects and occupiers. In 2017 Chris gave a series of talks on architectural memory for the London Festival of Architecture, and delivered the final class of The London Society's Saturday Architecture School.
Chris is part of the Almeida theatre’s community of digital writers, who review new productions online, and was invited to contribute essays to 30-Second Paris edited by John Flower (Ivy Press, 2018), The Barbican - Architecture and Light by photographer Alan Ainsworth (Oblique, 2015) and Image and Myth by artist and print-maker Richard Walker (Paul Holberton, 2004).
Online and in print Chris has written for Little White Lies, Art Quarterly (the magazine of British art-saving charity The Art Fund), The Architects' Journal and The Big Picture, and has guest-edited the London Architecture Diary. He was also a regular critic for Art of England magazine before its closure.
Chris lives in London and can be found on LinkedIn.
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Chris's third book - a publisher's best-seller - reveals the hidden gems as well as the iconic landmarks of London's rich built history, from shops that survived the Great Fire to the 2012 Olympic village. Covering the West End, City and Docklands, the book follows the same format as How to Read Paris.
– Don Brown, The London Society
Ivy Press, 2017, ISBN 978 1 782404 52 1
Become an architectural detective with Chris's second book, investigating the styles of a thousand years of building in the world's most visited city from the middle ages to the present day. Illustrated with drawings and photographs, maps and addresses are also included along with a list of resources.
"A little gem"
– Terry Philpot, Tablet
Ivy Press, 2016 with Larousse (French edition) and Akal (Spanish), ISBN 978 1 78240 406 4
Chris's first book examines the career and works of the late British architect Michael Pearson, the third generation to head the practice founded by his grandfather in 1904. Included are his presidency of the Architectural Association and his prescient Burne House building. Additional material enhances the book.
"Throws light on significant achievements"
– Patrick Duerden, Practice Director, Donald Insall
Black Dog Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978 1 906155 73 5