Norman Foster is considered by many to be the most prominent architect in Britain. He won the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the 2009 Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes Prize.
Lord Foster rebuilt the Reichstag as a new German Parliament in Berlin and designed a contemporary Great Court for the British Museum. He linked St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern with the Millennium Bridge, a steel footbridge across the Thames. He designed the Hearst Corporation Building in Manhattan, at 57th Street and Eighth Avenue.
He was born in Manchester, England, in 1935. Among his firm’s many other projects are London’s City Hall, the Bilbao Metro in Spain, the Canary Wharf Underground Station in London and the renovated courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
In the 1970s, Lord Foster was one of the most visible practitioners of a high-tech architecture that fetishized machine culture. His triumphant 1986 Hong Kong and Shanghai bank building, conceived as a kit-of-parts plugged into a towering steel frame, was capitalism's answer to the populist Pompidou Center in Paris.
Nicolai Ouroussoff, The Times’s architecture critic, has written that although Lord Foster’s work has become sleeker and more predictable in recent years, his forms are always driven by an internal structural logic, and they treat their surroundings with a refreshing bluntness.
Awarded the Prince of Asturias of the Arts 2009.
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His works include the SyV Tower in the set of Cuatro Torres Business Area of the Castellana in Madrid, the Indra headquarters in Alcobendas and Torrejón de Ardoz, a Tower in Isla de Chamartín, the remodeling of the Scope of the Cebada Market, the Madrid Río landscape intervention integrated into the M-Río team and the Partial Plan of the Mahou-Vicente Calderón area in Madrid.
He has obtained among others the Veronica Rudge Green Award by Harvard University in 2015, the Green Urban Planning / Landscape Architecture Award 2013, the International Architecture Award 2012. The Chicago Athenaeum, the FAD Award 2012 Architecture and Landscape, the Plus award 2012, the Urban Design and International Landscaping Award (CICA) at the XIII Buenos Aires Architecture Biennial 2011, the Madrid Award 2011 from the College of Civil Engineers, Canals and Ports, the COAM Distinction for the Work of Architects 2009, 2011 and 2012, the COAM Award for Architecture 1989, the Madrid City Council Award for New Construction 1992 and 2006, the Award from the Basque Navarro College of Architects 1999, the City of Alcalá de Henares Award for Architecture 2003, selected at the Architecture Biennial of Venice of 2004, Asprima awards 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and the Anthological Prize of Contemporary Architecture in Castilla-La Mancha 2006.