Lord Foster (in 1999 he was honoured with a life peerage as Lord Foster of Thames Bank) was born in Manchester in 1935. He graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961, then gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University. After setting up the practice Team 4 in partnership with Richard Rogers, and his later wife Wendy with whom in 1964 he founded the firm Foster Associates in London. This led to the partnership of Foster + Partners which now has studios in more than 20 countries worldwide. In 1999 Norman Foster won the Pritzker Architecture Prize and in 2000 the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture.
Some of his best-known works include the Willis Faber & Dumas headquarters (Ipswich, UK), the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), the Hongkong Bank Headquarters (Hong Kong), Hong Kong International Airport and Stansted Airport (UK), the Bilbao metro system (Spain), the Torre de Collserola (Barcelona, Spain), restoration of the Reichstag building (Berlin, Germany), the Carré d’Art (Nîmes, France), the London City Hall (UK) and the Swiss Re headquarters at 30 St. Mary Axe (London, UK).
His latest works include the Millennium Bridge in London, the Millau Viaduct in France, the Hearst Tower in New York, Beijing International Airport, Masdar City in the UAE and Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California.