The work of Lord Rogers received this award in connection with the theme of this year's exhibition - “Cities. Architecture and Society ". Interest in the problem of modern cities is for him one of the starting points of activity both as an architect and city planner, and as a public figure and theorist. Richard Rogers is actively raising awareness of environmental cleanliness and social justice in cities in the face of a rapidly increasing percentage of the world's urban population.
The architect himself noted that he treats cities as the most complex human creations with great passion. He believes that they need a surge of new strength. Rogers' goal is to create quality projects in more “compact” cities that can stop the outflow of residents to the ever-expanding suburbs.
Regarding the award of the Golden Lion for his vital contribution to architecture, the architect admitted that, despite his long and fruitful creative career as an architect, he still would like to do a lot, although he doubts that he will have enough time for all this.
The prize will be presented to Rogers on September 10, the opening day of the Biennale.