The British architecture firm Foster + Partners was founded in London in 1967 by Norman Foster. Born in Manchester in 1935, Norman Foster graduated from the Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961. He continued his studies at Yale University and, in 1965, founded the firm Team 4 with Richard and Sue Rogers and his wife Wendy. In 1967, when Rogers left Team 4 to work with Renzo Piano, Foster and his wife founded Foster Associates, which later became Foster + Partners.
The practice, which has offices all over the world, works on an international scale, promoting environmentally sustainable architecture. Over the years, the firm has realised major projects of every kind, from public institutions and airports to cultural buildings, offices and private homes. From its foundation to the present day, the practice has received 620 awards for excellence and has won more than 100 national and international competitions.
Its most important projects include Great Court, London, the Hong Kong International Airport, Millennium Bridge London, the American Air Museum Cambridge and the Swiss Re headquarters at 30 St Mary Axe, London.
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