Roger Fitzgerald has practiced as an architect in london since he qualified over 30 years ago. He brings an architect’s keen eye for detail and construction, and combines this with a fascination for discovering and expressing through paintings what makes well-known places such as Borough Market, Brick Lane or Parliament Square so special to the city. He has a passion for exploring unspoilt and hidden parts of London. His painting style combines colour, texture and collage to capture the essence of places. Frequently, he portrays buildings as an architectural “stage-set”: a permanent, calm and static backdrop to the vibrancy of everyday life. This contrast is exploited, with cool architectural colours offset by vivid warm tones and elements of collage which represent the life and bustle generated by moving people and vehicles. Tickets, menus, maps, books, newspapers and a host of other paraphernalia are incorporated into the images, layering meaning and adding complexity. The images are combined with short and personal comments which make Buildings of London an intriguing and inspiring guide to the architectural delights of the capital. Roger FitzGerald was born in Cambridge, trained in Manchester, and moved to London in 1983 to start his career as an architect. He joined the architectural practice ADP from university and now chairs the practice, which is one of the top 20 firms in the country. Throughout his career as an architect he has enjoyed drawing—whether as a design concept for a new building, or to explore, understand and capture the essence of existing architecture.
"Buildings of London is a bring, fun way to tour the capital through the eyes of an architect. Taking in the well-known with the less familiar, architect of 30 years Roger Fitzgerald (ADP Architecture) leads the reader on a journey around the city through his evocative paintings, combining his keen eye for detail and construction with a fascination for discovery." --Building Engineer
"In our latest issue ... architect Roger FitzGerald reveals his obsession with London – its buildings and places, and its unique character, now threatened by both investment and inequality.
His new book features his own paintings of London, exploring both its unexpected hideawyas and its grand set pieces. These images utilise collage, texture and pattern to powerful effect, and are accompanied by his insights into the history and nature of the places depicted. A selection of his paintings is shown here." --ICON Magazine