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The 2002 Auguste Perret Prize - Sir Norman Foster (UK)

For Applied Technology in Architecture

Sir Norman Robert Foster, born 1 June 1935 in Reddish, UK. 2002 winner of the UIA’s Auguste Perret Prize, Sir Norman is one of the most prolific British architects of his generation. He was also awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1999. Foster graduated from the School of Architecture and City Planning at the University of Manchester and eventually won a fellowship to the Yale School of Architecture in the United States. Upon his return to England, he established his own architectural practice, Team 4, with Richard Rogers, Su Brumwell, and sisters Georgie and Wendy Cheesman, becoming famous for high-tech industrial designs. In 1967, Foster and Wendy Cheesman founded Foster Associates (later renamed Foster + Partners), collaborating from 1968 to 1983 with American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller on several important projects, such as the Samuel Beckett Theatre at St Peter's College, Oxford. Foster’s first internationally acclaimed buildings were the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (1974–78) in Norwich, England, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation headquarters (1979–86) in Hong Kong. Demonstrating his trademark technological prowess  and his interest in natural light and fluidity, he added a steel and glass dome with a spiral observation platform to the Reichstag in Berlin (Germany) and put a steel and glass roof over the courtyard of the British Museum in London, creating an enclosed urban square.

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