Sir Norman Foster
Sir Norman Foster represents the ideal of the TU/e department of Architecture, Building and Planning: to form broadly educated building engineers and architects. Foster (born 1935) possesses the ability to integrate the polarities which result from the creation of a building. He does this in such a way that a unity which is usable, affordable, clear and elegant takes shape. He ranks among Great Britain's top architects of the post-modern movement, renowned for his extensive application of high tech, and glass.
Following his architectural training at the University of Manchester School of Architecture and Department of Town and Country Planning, and the Yale University of Architecture, Sir Norman collaborated with Richard Rogers and Wendy Cheeseman Foster in 'Team 4'. In 1967 he founded 'Foster Associates', later to be renamed 'Sir Norman Foster and Partners'. Since its foundation, this firm won over 120 prizes and honorary citations, besides 21 international design contests. Recent projects are a master plan for the development of the Wilhelmina quay at the port of Rotterdam, the redevelopment of the British Museum, and Hong Kong's new Chek Lap Kok airport. Covering an area of 1,248 hectares, Chek Lap Kok airport constitutes the world's largest architectural project.