NORMAN FOSTER architect
Foster & Partners
Norman Foster was born in Manchester (UK) in 1935. After graduating from the Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a fellowship to Yale University, where he earned a master’s degree in architecture. He is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners. Established in London in 1967, it is now a worldwide practice, with project offices in more than twenty countries.
Since its inception the practice has received over 500 awards and citations for excellence and won more than 86 competitions, both national and international. Among his most celebrated works are the Fred Olsen Amenity Centre, the Willis Faber and Dumas building, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters, Stansted Airport, the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, Collserola Tower in Barcelona, the stations of the Bilbao Metro, the Commerzbank headquarters in Frankfurt, Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong and the rebuilding of the Reichstag in Berlin.
Recent works include Beijing Airport, the Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower, the Millennium Bridge and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, the Hearst headquarters in New York, and the Caja Madrid building in the Spanish capital. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1999 and the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 2002. In 2009 he became the 29th laureate of the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, and in 2012 hewas named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 1999 he was distinguished with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
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