Lecture date: 1986-11-26
Norman Foster gives the inaugural lecture for the Eric Lyons Memorial Fund. Established as Foster Associates in 1967, Foster and Partners has project offices world wide with its main studio in London. The practice has won many national and international competitions. The central concern of the practice is design excellence, achieved through active collaboration with clients and specialists – from structural and environmental engineers to cost consultants. The scope of its work includes master-plans for cities, the design of buildings, interior and product design, graphics and exhibitions. Norman Fosters philosophy of integration can be seen in the way the practices London design studio works: essentially one large open space, shared equally by everyone, and free of subdivisions to encourage good communication between the many people who come together there. Norman Foster has lectured throughout the world and taught architecture in Britain and the USA. He won the Royal Gold medal in 1983, the AIA Gold medal in 1994, and was the 1999 Pritzker Prize winner.