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Spotlight: Norman Foster

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 of Reddish, OM, HonFREng - 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. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners +33

Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Image © Wikimedia user WiNG licensed under CC BY 3.0
Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. Image © Wikimedia user WiNG licensed under CC BY 3.0

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.

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

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.

Spotlight: Norman Foster, Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young
Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young

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.

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

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. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners 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 © Wikimedia user WiNG licensed under CC BY 3.0 Vieux Port Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Campus Luigi Einaudi. Image © David Vicario 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. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Abu Dhabi Central Market. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Bow. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners UAE Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Yacht Club de Monaco. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners New City Hall in Buenos Aires. Image Courtesy of 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 Courtesy of Foster + Partners Maggie's Cancer Centre Manchester. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners New German Parliament, Reichstag. Image © Flickr user oh-berlin, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Chateau Margaux Winery. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners +33

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Spotlight: Norman Foster" 01 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/380738/happy-78th-birthday-sir-norman-foster/>