Foster the head architect for the design.

Foster and Partner is
a British international studio for integrated design and architecture, with its
headquarter being in London. The practice which is led by its chairman and
founder, Norman Foster, has constructed many famous buildings all over the
world with glass-and-steel being its key material. The practice was established
in 1967 by Norman Foster as Foster Associates shortly after he left Team 4. The
firm was renamed again in 19922 as Sir Norman Foster and Partner Ltd and then
shortened to Foster and Partner Ltd in 1999, to reflect more accurately the
influences of other new architects that joined the company. A private equity
company called 3i took a stake in practice in the year 2007, which was bought
back by the firm in June 2014 to become completely owned by the 140 partners at
the firm.

 

Norman Foster born in
Manchester in 1935 graduated from the Manchester University School of
Architecture and City Planning. In the year 1961 joined Yale University by
winning the Henry Fellowship from where he achieved his master’s Degree in
Architecture. (BlogSpot, 2008).  Whilst
studying at Yale University Foster met Richard Rogers and the both became a
part of the architecture world’s elite. Team 4 was created after graduating
from Yale university together with Richard and Su Rogers, Wendy Cheesman (his
future wife) and her sister Georgina Wolton. In 1967 Norman Foster broke off on
his own to form his own firm called Foster Associates which later became Foster
and Partner. (Norman Foster, Biography.com, 2016).

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Fosters career as an
architect really escalated after he opened his own firm where he worked with
other professional architects. 1970 was the year when Foster had his big break
where he designed the Willis Faber & Dumas headquarter located in Ipswich.
It was a low-rise building which had a nature-oriented interior, together with
the use of escalators and contoured facades and idyllic making it an innovative
design. In 70s till mid 80s Foster and his team was working on headquarter for
the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation which was a modern three-tower
edifice, whilst in 90s the architect and his firm was seen working on the
Reichstag in Berlin where they were rebuilding the glass dome after the East
and West Germanys unification. Foster also contributed to the iconic skyline of
New York with his design of Hearst Tower which is a 44-story high skyscraper
with a triangulated façade. (Norman Foster, Biography.com, 2016).

 

Another senior
architect that worked on The Sage project was Spencer de Grey. He was the head
architect for the design. Spencer de Grey graduated from Cambridge university,
studied under Sir Leslie Martin who was a leading purveyor of the International
Style which defined the early to mid 20th centuries architecture
style. De Grey has been involved in many projects in the education sector and
has earned a lot of respect in the field. Projects in his early career
involves working for the London Borough of Merton, where he was responsible to
build one of the first middle schools in England. Even after joining the team
Foster Associates in 1973 he continued his work in education sector and worked
on the Palmerston Special school in Liverpool. (Cambridge University,
Biography).

 

Currently de Grey has been responsible for many projects in
the US which includes the new Winspear Opera House in Dallas, the new Boston
Museum of Arts and the National Portrait Gallery courtyard at the Smithsonian
in Washington, DC which is also a competition winning scheme. He is also the
Chairman of the Building Centre Trust, the architecture advisor for the Royal
Botanical Gardens in Kew and the Chairman of the School of Architecture
Advisory Board at Cambridge University. In 1997 in Queen’s Birthday Honours he
was made a CBE and also was elected as a Royal Academician in December 2008.
(Cambridge University, Biography).

 

Through the designs of the projects the practice has had
till now, you can tell that a parallel example of modernity and traditional can
be harmonized in architecture is shown by Norman Foster and his team. Norman
Foster insists that the way he uses the modern technology and the facilities is
no different to what innovating architects have been using throughout the
architecture history. Fosters oft repeated and explicit references to
historical examples shows that he is as ready to adapt and learn the past
projects as he is to build for the future. (Architecture and Identity, 2000). 

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