Norman Foster, born in Manchester in 1935, is an English architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture.
After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961, he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.
He is one of the most prolific British architects of his generation. In 1999, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. In 2009, Foster was also awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category. In 1994, he received the AIA gold medal. The architect is now the President of the Norman Foster Foundation, which promotes interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers, and urbanists to anticipate the future. The foundation, which opened in June 2017, is based in Madrid and operates globally.