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Spotlight: Norman Foster

12:00 - 1 June, 2019
Spotlight: Norman Foster, Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young
Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young

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 © Foster + Partners + 46

Foster + Partners Chosen to Design JP Morgan Chase Headquarters in New York City

09:00 - 6 November, 2018
Foster + Partners Chosen to Design JP Morgan Chase Headquarters in New York City, The existing headquarters of JP Morgan Chase. Image © Shutterstock
The existing headquarters of JP Morgan Chase. Image © Shutterstock

Foster + Partners has been chosen to design the new HQ for JP Morgan Chase on Park Avenue, New York City. The new global headquarters, situated on 270 Park Avenue, follows on from previous corporate headquarters designed by the firm, including the 2018 Stirling Prize-winning Bloomberg HQ, and the Apple Campus 2 in California.

The new scheme will replace the existing Manhattan premises of the US investment bank and is expected to total 2.5 million square feet. The headquarters will house around 15,000 employees across 70 levels, replacing the original 52-story scheme designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill in the 1960s.

Green Center for Student Success at Southern New Hampshire University / Analogue Studio

19:00 - 31 August, 2018
Green Center for Student Success at Southern New Hampshire University / Analogue Studio, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hooksett, New Hampshire, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Vince Pan, AIA, Principal-in-Charge; Brian Amaral, AIA, Project Manager; Matthew Morse LEED AP BD+C, Job Captain
  • Area

    22000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Northside Library / NBBJ

17:00 - 21 November, 2017
Northside Library / NBBJ, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

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35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards

12:20 - 8 March, 2017
35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan
Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

AIA New York has announced the winners of their 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, highlighting the best new projects located in the Empire State or completed by AIA NY registered architects across categories of architecture, projects, interior design and urban planning.

Within the four categories, winning projects have been granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” distinction. Each project has been chosen for its “design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.” The winners scale in scale from temporary exhibitions to large-scale urban interventions.

This year 22 of the 35 winners were New York City-located projects, including the grand prize winner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s striking Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University’s medical campus. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

East House / Peter Rose + Partners

09:00 - 7 September, 2016
East House / Peter Rose + Partners, © Chuck Choi
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Boston Public Market / Architerra

14:00 - 15 June, 2016
Boston Public Market  / Architerra, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

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  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Boston, MA, USA
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Architerra
  • Area

    28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

STUDIOKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion Lets Visitors Listen to the “Sounds of Space”

06:00 - 15 January, 2016
© David Delgado / NASA JPL
© David Delgado / NASA JPL

Based on the concept of listening to the sounds of the ocean inside a shell, STUDIOKCA, commissioned by NASA, has created the NASA Orbit Pavilion to immerse visitors in the sounds of satellites orbiting in outer space.

The traveling, nautilus-shaped pavilion provides a space in which to experience the trajectories of 19 satellites orbiting Earth. Made with 3,500 square feet of water-jet cut aluminum panels, the pavilion is "scribed with over 100 'orbital paths' fitted together and bolted to a curved framework of aluminum tubes."

7 Buildings That Show Norman Foster's Architecture Has Always Been Ahead of the Curve

09:31 - 22 September, 2015
7 Buildings That Show Norman Foster's Architecture Has Always Been Ahead of the Curve, Aerial View of Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young
Aerial View of Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young

If Norman Foster were a household item, he would surely be a Swiss Army Knife. Foster, who turned 80 this year, is unrelenting in producing architectural solutions to problems that other architects can only theorize - just last Wednesday, for example, his firm released their design for a previously-unheard-of building typology, a droneport in Rwanda.

It is surprising then to find the man or his eponymous firm Foster + Partners absent from a list like Fast Company’s “The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture,” organized into superlatives: MMA Architects, “for thinking outside the big box,” Heatherwick Studio, “for reimagining green space,” or C.F. Møller Architects, “for rethinking high-rise living.” This is not to say that Foster or his firm should be substituted for any of these deserved accolades, but rather that for five decades Foster and his firm have ceaselessly worked to enhance and expand on the human experience with architectural solutions that are both inventive and practical - a fact that is perhaps lost as a result of his position within the architectural establishment.

With that in mind, we thought it was worth highlighting the many occasions over the decades where Foster + Partners has shown themselves to be among the world's most innovative practices. Read on for more.

Ground Level View of Lunar Habitation. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Interior Concourse of Chek Lap Kok Airport. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC user Jorge Láscar Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Aerial View of Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters. Image © Wikimedia CC user Mato zilincik + 14

Defining a More Purposeful Architecture: A Guide to Current Architectural Trends

01:00 - 9 January, 2015
Defining a More Purposeful Architecture: A Guide to Current Architectural Trends

The current state of architectural design incorporates many contemporary ideas of what defines unique geometry. With the advent of strong computer software at the early 21st century, an expected level of experimentation has overtaken our profession and our academic realms to explore purposeful architecture through various techniques, delivering meaningful buildings that each exhibit a message of cultural relevancy.

These new movements are not distinct stylistic trends, but modes of approaching concept design. They often combine with each other, or with stylistic movements, to create complete designs. Outlined within this essay are five movements, each with varying degrees of success creating purposeful buildings: Diagramism, Neo-Brutalism, Revitism, Scriptism, and Subdivisionism.

AIA Names its 2014 Small Projects Awards Winners

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman

The American Institute of Architects () has selected ten recipients for their 2014 Small Projects Awards, which recognizes design excellence in projects with a budget of up to $1.5 million and with a floor area less than 5,000 square feet. The award "strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget."

This year's awards include 5 houses, 2 pavilions, 2 installations and a cafe. See all 10 awarded projects after the break.

Redaction House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay Pure Tension Pavilion / Synthesis Design + Architecture. Image © Fabric Images / © Volvo Italy Head in the Clouds Pavilion / STUDIOKCA. Image © Chuck Choi Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay + 20

Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Student Residence Hall / ADD Inc.

01:00 - 24 January, 2014
Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Student Residence Hall / ADD Inc., © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Lucy Chen © Lucy Chen + 21

Yale School of Management / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Yale School of Management / Foster + Partners, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi + 9

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

01:00 - 3 July, 2012
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi + 20

Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster + Partners

00:00 - 3 February, 2012
Flashback: Hearst Tower / Foster + Partners, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi Courtesy of Foster and Partners + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Foster and Partners
  • Project Design

    Norman Foster
  • Structural Engineer

    WSP Cantour Seinuk
  • Construction

    Turner Construction
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs