(1st June 1935 – Present)
Norman Foster is a British architect whose company maintains an international design practice, Foster + Partners. I have visited the Fosters + Partners office on an open day in 2011, for which I am very grateful. I got to envision what it would be like to work for an architecture firm, and the types of things that go on in their industry. Norman Foster remains one of my favourite architects simply because his designs are so simple, yet so elegant and minimal. I have had the fortune of visiting buildings he has designed such as the Reichstag Dome in Berlin, The Gherkin in London and the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey (my hometown!). I admire his work a lot, and still wish to visit some of his buildings around the world such as the Hearst Tower in New York City.
Foster was raised in Manchester in a working-class family and was intrigued by design and engineering from a young age. His years observing Mancunian architecture subsequently influenced his works, and was inspired to pursue a career in architecture after a treasurer clerk noticed his sketches and interest in Manchester’s buildings while he worked at Manchester Town Hall.