Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners will be known as RSHP from 30 June 2022. This move is the next step in the continued evolution of a studio that has earned a reputation for innovation throughout its 40-year history, delivering on some of the most challenging briefs in the built environment alongside visionary clients.
The practice’s fundamental beliefs will continue to shape its approach. Founded in 1977 as the Richard Rogers Partnership (by Richard, John Young, Marco Goldschmied and Mike Davies), ownership was transferred to a charitable trust in 1990, governed by a written constitution. The constitution enshrined the studio’s commitment to ethical practice and positive social impact, foreshadowing what is known and discussed as ESG today. It has guided a unique practice model for over 30 years, empowering the practice and its people to constantly evolve and develop. Richard Rogers sets out this approach in the constitution’s introduction:
“The practice of architecture is inseparable from the social and economic values of the individuals who practise it and the society which sustains it. We as individuals are responsible for contributing to the sustainability of our environment, to the society in which we practise and to the welfare of the team with whom we work”.
In 2007, the practice became Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, recognising Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour’s pivotal design contribution to its success and future. “Over the last 15 years, we have seen our work expand globally with projects of unprecedented variety in scale and diversity,” says Ivan Harbour. The latest update to the name follows the sad passing of founder, Richard Rogers, in December 2021. The practice’s continued growth is testament to the ethos of the practice established by Richard, which the team continues to embrace today.
Graham Stirk comments: “As we come to terms with the loss of Richard, we are inspired to carry on the guiding principles of the practice he founded. Richard’s vision was always for a practice that drew on many talents, and that is what we will continue to do as RSHP. A strong, diverse, international team working with an array of exceptional clients, all around the world”.
RSHP now have 180 employees worldwide with a permanent presence in London, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, Shenzhen and soon New York. Currently working on 44 projects in 15 countries across five continents, including British Library Extension in the UK, Montparnasse masterplan in France, Melbourne Metro in Australia, Horse Soldier Distillery in the States, a business centre in Lithuania, and Qianhai Financial Holdings headquarter tower in China.
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