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Foster and Partners

Foster + Partners is an architectural firm based in London. The practice is led by its founder and Chairman, Norman Foster, and has constructed many high-profile glass-and-steel buildings.

Established by Norman Foster as Foster Associates in 1967 shortly after leaving Team 4, the firm was renamed in the 1990s to more accurately reflect the influence of the other lead architects.


Project list

Major projects, by year of completion and ordered by type, are:


  • Millau Viaduct, the highest road bridge in the world (2004)
  • Millennium Bridge in London (1999/2002)


  • Reichstag building redevelopment in Berlin (1999)
  • London City Hall (2002)
  • New Supreme Court Building, Singapore (2005)
  • Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, Kazakhstan (September 2006)


  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK (1978)
  • Clyde Auditorium, part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre complex, Glasgow (1997)
  • American Air Museum, Imperial War Museum Duxford, UK (1997) Stirling Prize
  • Kogod Courtyard, Center for American Art and Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2004 2007)
  • Redevelopment of the Great Court of the British Museum (2000)
  • Curved glass canopy over the central courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2007)
  • West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (2009)
  • Winspear Opera House, Dallas

Higher Learning

  • Faculty of Law, Cambridge (1995)
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia (2004)
  • Tanaka Business School, as of 2008 renamed the Imperial College Business School[1]
  • Yale School of Management, new campus, New Haven, CT (projected 2013)[2]
  • West London Academy Northolt, London (2006)


  • Wembley Stadium reconstruction (2007)
  • Lusail Iconic Stadium, Qatar (2010)


  • Terminal building at Stansted Airport, UK (1991)
  • Metro Bilbao, Spain (1995) Line 2 (2004)
  • Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong (1998)
  • Canary Wharf Underground Station, London, UK (1999)
  • Expo MRT Station, Singapore (2001)
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (2008)
  • London Heathrow Airport East Terminal - projected 2012
  • Spaceport America, New Mexico - (projected 2010)
  • Four railway stations for the Haramain High Speed Rail Project, Saudi Arabia - projected 2012[3]
  • Kai Tak Cruise Terminal - projected 2013 [4]
  • Slussen, re-development and masterplan of a major transportation hub in central Stockholm - projected 2022 [5]


  • HSBC Tower (1986)
  • Collserola Tower, Barcelona (Spain) (1992)
  • Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt, Germany (1997)
  • Arag-Tower, D sseldorf, Germany (2001)
  • Gherkin/30 St Mary Axe, London Swiss Re headquarters (2004) Stirling Prize winner
  • McLaren Technology Centre, base for the McLaren Formula One team and McLaren Group (2004)
  • Hearst Tower, New York City (June 2006)
  • Russia Tower (cancelled)


  • Harmon Hotel, CityCenter, Las Vegas[6] (construction suspended)

Mixed use

  • The Sage Gateshead, UK (2004)
  • Moor House, 120 London Wall, London (2005)
  • The Index (Dubai), Dubai, UAE (2010)
  • Jameson House in Vancouver (not yet on site)
  • U2 Tower, Ireland (suspended)
  • The Bow, Calgary - (projected 2010)
  • Hermitage Plaza, La D fense, Paris (projected 2010)
  • 200 Greenwich Street, New York - (projected 2014)
  • Seattle Civic Square, Seattle - (projected 2011)
  • Ruskin Square, Croydon, London (projected 2012)
  • Masdar City (projected end of 2010s)
  • CityCenterDC, Washington, D.C. - (first portion projected 2012; second portion projected 2015)
  • Crystal Island (completion date not set yet)
  • India Tower (ongoing)
  • The Blue City, Sultanate of Oman (ongoing)
  • Baku White City Waterfront, Baku, Azerbaijan (completion date not set yet)

Selected works

File:LSE large.jpg|The British Library of Political and Economic Science File:Hong Kong International Airport.jpg|The futuristic interior roof of Hong Kong International Airport File:Foster - Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters Ipswich.jpg|The Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters in Ipswich was one of Foster's earliest commissions after founding Foster Associates. File:British Museum Great Court roof.jpg|The tessellated glass roof of the British Museum's Great Court redevelopment has a complex curved form, approximating the top half of a doughnut anchored by the circular Reading Room at the centre of the court. File:Wembley stadium040307.jpg|The new Wembley Stadium in London: perhaps one of the most controversial projects[7] that Foster + Partners have been involved in. File:30-St-Mary-Axe.jpg|30 St Mary Axe, one of London's most popular new buildings,[8] towers above its neighbours. File:Reichstag Berlin P10100333.JPG|The reconstruction of the Reichstag building


  • 1998 RIBA Stirling Prize for Imperial War Museum
  • 2003 MIPIM AR Future Projects Award, Grand Prix for Swiss Re
  • 2004 RIBA Stirling Prize for Swiss Re
  • 2007 RIBA European Award for Dresden Station Redevelopment
  • 2007 RIBA International Award for Hearst Tower
  • 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for University of Technology Petronas
  • 2008 LEAF Award for Beijing Airport Terminal 3
  • 2009 RIBA European Award for Zenith
  • 2009 RIBA International Award for Beijing Airport Terminal 3
  • In June 2011, The Index Tower was the recipient of the 2011 Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat


In June 2008, The Guardian published an article highly critical of planned real estate development in a pristine seacoast area in Bulgaria which is currently under EU environmental protection. The paper cited environmentalists' concerns over the impact of the planned 15,000 inhabitant resort facilities. The Bulgarian partner, Georgi Stanishev, is the brother of Sergei Stanishev, Leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party, Prime Minister of Bulgaria between 17 August 2005 and 27 July 2009 Sergei Stanishev.[9]

See also

  • Norman Foster
  • Ken Shuttleworth and Make Architects
  • Richard Rogers
  • List of architecture firms
  • List of architects



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