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Foster + Partners

After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961, Norman Foster won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.In 1967, he founded Foster + Partners in London, a world famous practice with offices in more than twenty countries. Over the past four decades, the firm has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban planning, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices, private homes and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions.Its most prestigious works include: Beijing Airport, the redevelopment of Dresden Railway Station, the Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, an entire University Campus for Petronas in Malaysia, the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and research centres at Stanford University, California.Norman Foster himself has received numerous awards, the most prestigious being the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture. He has been awarded 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). Knighted in 1990, he was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1997, and in 1999 was created a Life Peer, becoming Baron Foster of Thames Bank.For FontanaArte, he has designed the Three Sixty table lamp, whose name underlines its wide-ranging capacity for movement.