Power Hour 2022: Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman at Foster + Partners , Ranks 49th
Norman Foster is the founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism, and design, rooted in sustainability. He was born in Manchester, and after graduating in architecture and city planning from Manchester University 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.
In 1967, he established Foster Associates in London with his late wife Wendy. Over more than five decades the practice has evolved and been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and furniture design.
Major projects include Beijing Airport, Millau Viaduct in France, 30 St Mary Axe (also known as the Gherkin) and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Recent projects include Apple Park in California, Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London, the Comcast Tower in Philadelphia, and the Norton Museum of Art in Florida. Some of his current projects within the practice include 425 Park Avenue in New York, the Narbo Via museum in Narbonne, the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Cairo, and a community boathouse in Harlem.