Foster + Partners is a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability, which was founded fifty years ago in 1967 by Lord Foster. Since then, he and the team around him have established an international practice with a worldwide reputation for thoughtful and pioneering design, working as a single studio that is both ethnically and culturally diverse. The studio integrates the skills of architecture with engineering, both structural and environmental, urbanism, interior and industrial design, model and film making, aeronautics and many more. These diverse skills make the studio capable of tackling a wide range of projects, particularly those of considerable complexity and scale, by offering effective solutions to population explosion, inequality, rapid urbanisation and environmental degradation.
Wholly owned by 140 Partners, the practice is today led by Norman Foster, Stefan Behling, Grant Brooker, Nigel Dancey, Spencer de Grey, Gerard Evenden, Luke Fox, David Nelson, David Summerfield and Matthew Streets.
The studio has established an international reputation with buildings such as the Hearst Headquarters in New York, Swiss Re’s London Headquarters, Millau Viaduct in France, the German Parliament in the Reichstag, Berlin, The Great Court for the British Museum, Headquarters for HSBC in Hong Kong and London, the ME Hotel in London, Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the Metro Bilbao, the Carré d’Art Nîmes, the sustainable Masdar development in Abu Dhabi, and research centres for Stanford University, California. Recent work includes, Buenos Aires City Hall, Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Crossrail Place in London, Chateau Margaux Winery in Bordeaux, and Yacht Club de Monaco. Currently, the practice is involved in projects such as the Al Haramain High Speed Rail project in Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London, and Apple’s headquarters in California.