With a vast and fair amount of awards received, Sir Norman Foster, is one of the best portfolios of architecture in the world. His works are functional, well established and with a unique beauty, taking advantage of the brilliant and detailed structures used, reach a final result perfectly balanced.

Architect Day: Norman Foster

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Born on June 1st, 1935 in the town of Reddish, England. At 16 he left school and went to work at Manchester City Treasurer's Office, before joining National Service in the Royal Air Force. In 1956 he entered the Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning, graduating in 1961.

He won the Henry Fellowship at Yale School of Architecture where he met Richard Rogers who would eventually become his business partner, and where he also got his master's degree. After that he traveled for a year around the United States before returning to the United Kingdom in 1963.

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster
StockleyPark Offices, Uxbridge, UK

Influences

He had always been a model student and his skills showed a remarkable flair for architecture. But he still always came under the influence of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.

After his return from America, Norman Foster started a partnership with Richard Rogers and sisters Georgie and Wendy Cheesman, called Team 4. They quickly gained a reputation for industrial design high-tech. In 1967, he formed with Wendy the office Fosters Associates which quickly transformed into Fosters and Partners. A year later he began a long partnership with the American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, which only ended with the death of Fuller in 1983.

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Hong Kong and Shangai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, China

“ My mission is to create a structure that is sensitive to the culture and climate of its place..”

Works

The project that generated the first major recognition of the firm Foster and Partners was the Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters in Ipswich in 1974.

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters, Ipswich, UK

Today, Foster and Partners work with collaborating engineering to integrate complex computer systems with the most basic laws of physics. This allows you to create and develop complex structures, original and challenging, clearly seen in some of his works.

Foster's career already has more than 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won over 86 national and international competitions. In 1990 he was awarded the Queen's Birthday Honors in 1997 and by that honor he became known as Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

“Control is the wrong word. The practice is very much about sharing, and, in any creative practice, some individuals, whether partners or directors, are much closer to certain projects than I could ever be.”

Stansted Airport, Stansted, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Riverside Apartments and Studio, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Albion Riverside, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

House in Japan, Tokyo, Japan

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Crescent Wing Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Cranfield University Library, Cranfield, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Century Tower, Tokyo, Japan

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Carré d´Art, Nimes, France

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Business Promotion Centre, Duisburg, Germany

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Bilbao Metro, Bilbao, Spain

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

American Air Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Faculty of Law, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Expo Station, Singapore

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Essen Design Centre, Essen, Germany

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Eletronic Arts European Headquarters, Chertsey, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Duisburg Housing, Duisburg, Germany

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney, Australia

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Clark Center, Stanford, USA

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City Hall, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Swiss Re HQ, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong, China

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Canary Wharf Undeground Station, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Addition to Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, USA

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Al Faisaliah Complex, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Chesa Futura, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Centrica, Scottish Gas HQ, Edinburgh, Scotland

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Capital City Academy, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Millennium Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Camp Nou Stadium for FC Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

California State University Channel Islands, Camarrillo, USA

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Budenberg Haus, Manchester, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Boulogne Billancourt, Paris, France

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Beijing Airport, Beijing, China

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

O escritório Foster + Partners está com uma extensa lista de grandes projetos em desenvolvimento, abaixo estão alguns deles.

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Riva Hotel, London, UK

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, Kazakhstan

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA

Architect Day: Norman Foster
National Arena Scotland, Glasgow

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.