Lord Norman Foster
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Norman Foster was born in Manchester. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.
Established as Foster Associates in 1967 his practice, now known as Foster + Partners, is an international studio for architecture and design with projects on six continents. Over the past five decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans and public infrastructure, to museums, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design.
Completed buildings include the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, the German Parliament at the Reichstag, Berlin; the Great Court of the British Museum, London; Medical Research Centres, Stanford University, California; the Supreme Court, Singapore; Petronas University, Malaysia; Hearst Headquarters Tower, New York; Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Hong Kong; Commerzbank Towers, Frankfurt; and airports in Beijing, Hong Kong and London. The practice has also developed sustainable masterplans for cities around the world, including Duisburg’s former industrial inner harbour, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, Trafalgar Square in London and the Port of Marseilles.
Norman Foster became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Tokyo in 2002. He received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1994), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1983), and the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (1991). In 2009, he became the 29th laureate of the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, appointed by the Queen to the Order of Merit in 1997 and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Peerage in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, as Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
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