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 [...] Gaff’s deleted script is excellent. Thanks for posting [...] Great, great post [...] Wow, mind blown: that cool gun that Leon uses in the first scene... [...] Yeah good one the Esper discussion is fascinating [...] 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..."

Chris Rogers writes, speaks and tours about architecture and other aspects of visual culture, informed by thirty years of research and conversations with practitioners.

In 2020 he gave the opening lecture in the Twentieth Century Society's spring series on commercial architecture, covering the origins of the speculative office block in the City of London. A new run of his monthly series Beyond the Frame, analysing how architecture has been represented on the big screen, is being hosted by Interiors, the online publication exploring cinematic space.

Chris was a member of the readers' panel judging the London Evening Standard's New Homes Awards 2018. In 2017 he gave a series of talks on architectural memory for the London Festival of Architecture, delivered the final class of The London Society's Saturday Architecture School and explored contemporary public sculpture in the London Art History Society's annual Review.

Chris creates and leads architectural tours for private groups and organisations, which has included the Barbican arts complex in the City of London and British architectural education and preservation charity the Twentieth Century Society; he also writes for the Society's publications and contributes to its casework.

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 review each new production online, in 2013. In 2011, he was engaged by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to write information packs for their projects, including the new Chobham Harris Academy in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Chris contributed to The Barbican - Architecture and Light by photographer Alan Ainsworth, published by Oblique in 2015, and Artist and print-maker Richard Walker invited Chris to write for his 2004 biographical book Image and Myth, published by Paul Holberton. He was commissioned by the Senior District Judge for England & Wales to write A Courthouse in Bow Street, exclusively available to those attending a reception to mark the 2006 closure of the world-famous Bow Street magistrates’ court in Covent Garden.

Online and in print Chris has written for Interiors, 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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Portrait: Rob Wickings

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