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Spotlight: Norman Foster

Arguably the leading name of a generation of internationally high-profile British architects, Norman Foster (born 1 June 1935) - or to give him his full title Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank - gained recognition as early as the 1970s as a key architect in the high-tech movement, which continues to have a profound impact on architecture as we know it today.

Queen Alia International Airport. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Gherkin . Image © Nigel Young Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Beijing Airport

Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi
Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi

Foster's architecture is remarkably diverse; he has designed skyscrapers, offices, galleries, airports, stadiums, parliament buildings, city masterplans and even a spaceport. Yet his work is unified by one theme, identified in the jury citation for his 1999 Pritzker Prize: "from his very first projects, it was evident that he would embrace the most advanced technology appropriate to the task". It is this devotion to the latest architectural technology that earned him his place in the High-Tech movement, with buildings such as the Willis Faber & Dumas headquarters and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Jameson House. Image © Nigel Young
Jameson House. Image © Nigel Young

Though High-Tech has now largely faded as a "movement," instead being assimilated into multiple other strands of mainstream architecture, Foster's work continues to push the boundaries of architectural technology, earning him commissions such as Apple's futuristic new Cupertino Campus building and one of the world's first purpose-built sustainable "smart cities," Masdar.

Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Image © Flickr User WiNG1990 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wing1990hk/
Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Image © Flickr User WiNG1990 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wing1990hk/

Since it was founded in the 1960s, Foster + Partners has been prolific, earning Foster two Stirling Prizes, an RIBA Gold Medal, an AIA Gold Medal and a knighthood in addition to his Pritzker Prize. Designs such as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, The Gherkin in London, and The Hearst Tower in New York have ensured that Foster has secured his place as one of the greatest architects of the 21st century.

Masdar Institute. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Masdar Institute. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

See all of Norman Foster's (completed) works featured on ArchDaily via the thumbnails below, and further coverage below that. A complete list of all our coverage of Foster + Partners' work, including as-yet unbuilt proposals, can be found at this link.

Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young Queen Alia International Airport. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Gherkin . Image © Nigel Young Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Beijing Airport Yale School of Management. Image © Chuck Choi McLaren Production Centre. Image © McLaren BMCE Headquarters. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Lenbachhaus Museum. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Free University's Philology Library. Image © Rudi Meisel Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Image © Flickr User WiNG1990 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wing1990hk/ Vieux Port Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Campus Luigi Einaudi. Image © David Vicario Jameson House. Image © Nigel Young Faustino Winery. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Masdar Institute. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Art of Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Faena Aleph Residences. Image © Nigel Young Sainsbury Centre. Image © Tim Caynes Willis Headquarters at Lime Street Abu Dhabi Central Market. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Bow. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners UAE Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015. Image © Foster + Partners Yacht Club de Monaco. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners New City Hall in Buenos Aires. Image © Foster + Partners Art of Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Sperone Westwater Gallery. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Ernst & Young Headquarters, Amsterdam. Image © Foster + Partners

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Cite:Rory Stott. "Spotlight: Norman Foster" 01 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/380738/happy-78th-birthday-sir-norman-foster/>