|Lord Norman Foster - United Kingdom|
Norman Foster was born into a working class family in Reddish, England and studied at the University of Manchester. After graduation in 1961 he was awarded a scholarship to the Yale School of Art and Architecture. From 1968 to 1983 Norman Foster worked for and together with the visionary Richard Buckminster Fuller. In 1965 he founded the architectural firm Team 4 together with his wife, Wendy and the couple Sue and Richard Rogers. Two yeas later Foster Associates, which is today known under the name Foster + Partners, emerged out of Team 4.
Originally Norman Foster was known for his designs which have been marked by a high-tech style. Later he developed a more accessible style of a sharp-edged modernism. Together with Richard Rogers, Norman Foster had a decisive influence on the development of the British architectural scene. Besides his buildings and projects in Great Britain, Norman Foster planned and realized extraordinarily many international projects.
In 1983 Norman Foster was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. As a great honor for an architect Norman Foster was accoladed in 1990 by Queen Elizabeth II. Nine years later, Sir Norman Foster was awarded the Pritzker Prize.
1991 - 1997 Commerzbank Headquarters - Frankfurt