Foster + Partners (London) is an international studio for architecture, planning, and design led by its founder and Chairman, Lord Foster, together with Chief Executive Mouzhan Majidi; two heads of design, Spencer de Grey and David Nelson; five design directors; and seven senior partners. The studio’s work ranges in scale from the largest single building on the planet, Beijing International airport, to its smallest commission, items of door furniture. The scope of its work includes masterplans for cities, building design, interior and product design, graphics, and exhibitions in cities throughout the world.
The studio has established an international reputation with such buildings as Swiss Re’s London Headquarters; Hearst Headquarters in New York; the Winspear Opera House in Dallas; Millau Viaduct in France; the new German Parliament in the Reichstag, Berlin; the Great Court for the British Museum; Headquarters for HSBC in Hong Kong and London; Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt; and the Metro Bilbao.
Established originally as Foster Associates in 1967, the practice has project offices worldwide, with its main studio in London. Since its inception it has received more than 500 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 90 national and international competitions. Its central concern is design excellence and a belief that the quality of surroundings has a direct influence on the quality of life.
Norman Foster became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in 2002. He has received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1994), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1983), and the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (1991). In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, appointed by the Queen to the Order of Merit in 1997, and in 1999 was honored with a Life Peerage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, as Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
Recent and current projects include the new international airport for Beijing, the German Parliament at the Reichstag, Berlin; the Great Court of the British Museum in London; Millennium Bridge, London; Centers for Science Research, Stanford University, USA; the new Supreme Court in Singapore; an entire University Campus for Petronas in Malaysia; Hearst Headquarters tower, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and an opera house in Dallas.
Spencer de Grey
Spencer de Grey joined Foster Associates in 1973, becoming a partner in 1991. He has overseen a wide range of projects, including the Law Faculty at Cambridge University and the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Now Senior Executive, he has assumed a broader role in the office and shares overall design responsibility for all projects as joint Head of Design.
He is also responsible for a number of projects in the USA, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the new Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, and the competition-winning scheme for the National Portrait Gallery courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Recent competition wins include the masterplan for Slussen, Stockholm and the reworking of the New York Public Library, New York.
Michael Jones joined Foster + Partners in 1990, after gaining his Masters degree in architecture at the Royal College of Art, London. He qualified as an architect in 1994, after working on the law faculty for the University of Cambridge, during which time he was made an Associate. He went on to be the Project Architect of the new London International Rail Terminal and Project Director on the detail design and construction of the Great Court at the British Museum. Since 1999 he has been working on the large-scale master plan and expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the first phase of which, a new Wing for the Art of the Americas, will open in November 2010. He became a Partner in 2004 and is also Deputy Leader of Group 4. Alongside Senior Partner, Stefan Behling, he oversees some 90 architects working on a range of international projects.