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Lord Norman Foster

Magazine Architecture Interviews | 12 May 2017



Norman Robert Foster. The man behind one of the largest and best architectural offices in the world – Foster + Partners. Lord Foster was born in Stockport, England, in 1935, and is today, at 81, a living legend of the world´s architecture. Pritzker in 1999, the English architect is famous for his daring style and his concern to improve, through his work, the human condition. With an office network "that spans six continents", London-based Foster + Partners has been distinguished over the past four decades by the sustainable architecture of its projects. Public infrastructures, civic and cultural buildings, private projects, airports and product design – are some of the many projects signed by Foster + Partners. Millennium Tower (Tokyo, 1989), City Hall (London, 1998-2002), Marseille Vieux Port (Marseille, 2011-2013), and Mexico City´s New International Airport (in collaboration with FR-EE and NACO, winning an International competition in 2014), integrate the offices` extensive portfolio and express, as all others, the "collective passion for excellence and innovation."


How does "a normal day" start at Foster + Partners? 

As I am constantly travelling for work, the days that I am at the office are filled with back-to-back meetings, design reviews and discussions with my colleagues. The creative energy at the office is infectious, which feeds our collective passion for excellence and innovation. 


What is your creative philosophy? 

My philosophy is essentially humanistic – a belief that the quality of design affects the quality of our lives, and the pursuit of performance, sustainability and beauty. 


Is there a set of rules that you follow whenever you start a new project? 

Every project is different and demands a unique response, however our approach is always research based. At the start of every project we do a great deal of analysis and exploration, talking to the different people that will use a building and listening to their needs. Many design ideas are tested, rejected and developed as the project progresses. Through that process, we can create a building which will have a greater relevance to its context. There are often very valuable lessons to be learned from local traditions, particularly when it comes to sustainability and the use of resources. There is also the belief in a collaborative approach between different disciplines allied with strong design leadership. 


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Apple Campus ©Foster + Partners

Foster Office ©Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Reichstag, New German Parliament ©Reinhard Gorner

Reichstag, New German Parliament ©Rudi Meisel

Reichstag, New German Parliament ©Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Hearst Building ©Chuck Choi

Millau Viaduct ©Daniel Jamme/Eiffage

Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno ©Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Lord Norman Foster ©Vogue_Manolo Yllera


Text: Isadora Faustino
Photos: Foster + Partners

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