Q&A OCTOBER 2022

NORMAN FOSTER

LONDON

WHAT VISION DOES THE NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION HAVE FOR THE FUTURE AND WHICH LESSONS DOES IT DRAW FROM THE PAST?

The lessons from the past were my travels as a student which were hugely influential on my later career as an architect. These were funded by scholarships for which I was, and still am, grateful.
When I won the Pritzker Prize in 1999, my wife suggested that the prize money should be the start of a Foundation in my name that, in the first instance, would fund a travel scholarship programme. This was initiated with the Royal Society of British Architects and predates the public launch of the Norman Foster Foundation (NFF) in 2017.

The present activities and future aspirations of the Foundation are to further the education and influence of those who will, as future leaders, be concerned with our urban environment. This embraces infrastructure, buildings, energy, agriculture and the movement of people, goods and information

IN YOUR VIEW, DO ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY AND ART ENRICH EACH OTHER? AND IF SO, HOW?

Whether it is at the scale of a city, town, or village the quality of urban life is largely determined by the infrastructure of the connections, public spaces, squares, boulevards, streets, b ridges, parks, and transportation - this is the urban glue that binds the individual buildings together. Its creation involves all of the disciplines mentioned as well as engineering. There is no question that the incorporation of art and landscaping in the public domain, like art within the interior spaces of a building, enriches the lives of all those who use and experience such spaces.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL WISH FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT?

That in facing the challenges of climate change and population growth the built environment becomes greener, cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable.

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Norman Foster is Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. Over more than ve decades, the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism through a wide range of work, from masterplans to oces, cultural buildings, airports and industrial design. He has been awarded architecture’ s highest accolades, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Japan, the RIBA Royal Gold medal and the AIA Gold medal. He is president of the Norman Foster Foundation, based in Madrid. In 1999 he was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
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FOSTER + PARTNERS WAS FOUNDED IN 1967. LORD FOSTER, LOOKING BACK AT MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS CHANGED ABOUT THE SPACES WE LIVE AND WORK IN?

In 1967 and the early years of the practice, we were pioneering with spaces for work and living that emphasised the social dimension, worked with nature and consumed less energy with built-in flexibility for change. At that time, they were the exception - today they are more mainstream.
From the outset we practised a green agenda - even though those words were yet to be equated with sustainability, to that extent, we were ahead of our times.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC? WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS?

To listen, to question, to research, to challenge, to respond with the process of design as a quest to improve the quality of life for all who are involved. To answer not just the material needs but the spiritual - to bring some joy, beauty, light and nature into our lives - to lift the spirits.

HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH KARIMOKU CASE STUDY COME ABOUT?

When we started to think about what type of furniture could best fit in the spaces created in the Foster Retreat project on Martha's Vineyard (an island off the East Coast of America), we realised that there was no single specific collection in existence that could be used for the different uses of the building, so I decided to develop a bespoke family of furniture. Timber was a natural choice to match spirit of the building and Karimoku Case Study, with its proven record of beautifully crafting and detailing wood for furniture, was an obvious partner.

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Norman Foster is Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. Over more than ve decades, the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism through a wide range of work, from masterplans to oces, cultural buildings, airports and industrial design. He has been awarded architecture’ s highest accolades, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Japan, the RIBA Royal Gold medal and the AIA Gold medal. He is president of the Norman Foster Foundation, based in Madrid. In 1999 he was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
NORMAN FOSTER
FOSTER + PARTNERS WAS FOUNDED IN 1967. LORD FOSTER, LOOKING BACK AT MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS CHANGED ABOUT THE SPACES WE LIVE AND WORK IN?

In 1967 and the early years of the practice, we were pioneering with spaces for work and living that emphasised the social dimension, worked with nature and consumed less energy with built-in flexibility for change. At that time, they were the exception - today they are more mainstream.
From the outset we practised a green agenda - even though those words were yet to be equated with sustainability, to that extent, we were ahead of our times.

WHAT VISION DOES THE NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION HAVE FOR THE FUTURE AND WHICH LESSONS DOES IT DRAW FROM THE PAST?

The lessons from the past were my travels as a student which were hugely influential on my later career as an architect. These were funded by scholarships for which I was, and still am, grateful.
When I won the Pritzker Prize in 1999, my wife suggested that the prize money should be the start of a Foundation in my name that, in the first instance, would fund a travel scholarship programme. This was initiated with the Royal Society of British Architects and predates the public launch of the Norman Foster Foundation (NFF) in 2017.

The present activities and future aspirations of the Foundation are to further the education and influence of those who will, as future leaders, be concerned with our urban environment. This embraces infrastructure, buildings, energy, agriculture and the movement of people, goods and information

IN YOUR VIEW, DO ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY AND ART ENRICH EACH OTHER? AND IF SO, HOW?

Whether it is at the scale of a city, town, or village the quality of urban life is largely determined by the infrastructure of the connections, public spaces, squares, boulevards, streets, b ridges, parks, and transportation - this is the urban glue that binds the individual buildings together. Its creation involves all of the disciplines mentioned as well as engineering. There is no question that the incorporation of art and landscaping in the public domain, like art within the interior spaces of a building, enriches the lives of all those who use and experience such spaces.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL WISH FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT?

That in facing the challenges of climate change and population growth the built environment becomes greener, cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC? WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS?

To listen, to question, to research, to challenge, to respond with the process of design as a quest to improve the quality of life for all who are involved. To answer not just the material needs but the spiritual - to bring some joy, beauty, light and nature into our lives - to lift the spirits.

HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH KARIMOKU CASE STUDY COME ABOUT?

When we started to think about what type of furniture could best fit in the spaces created in the Foster Retreat project on Martha's Vineyard (an island off the East Coast of America), we realised that there was no single specific collection in existence that could be used for the different uses of the building, so I decided to develop a bespoke family of furniture. Timber was a natural choice to match spirit of the building and Karimoku Case Study, with its proven record of beautifully crafting and detailing wood for furniture, was an obvious partner.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE / THE NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION RESONATE WITH KARIMOKU CASE STUDY AS A COLLECTION? WHAT DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND VALUES DO YOU SHARE?

The Norman Foster Foundation, of which I am President, and the practice of Foster + Partners of which I am the Founder and Executive Chairman are separate in every way- legally and financially .They are headquartered in different cities, Madrid and London respectively, However, as an individual, I philosophically bridge both entities and my love of craftsmanship and interest in sustainability resonates with Karimoku Case Study There is, by helpful coincidence, also a Japanese-like quality of calm and understatement about the Foster Retreat, to which this range of furniture contributes.

FOR BOTH, THE NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION AND THE LIFESTYLE COLLECTION KARIMOKU CASE STUDY, SUSTAINABILITY IS CENTRAL TOPIC. IS THIS RESONATED IN THE FOSTER RETREAT?

Yes. Sustainability has always been at the heart of all the projects and designs that I have been close to. The Karimoku NF Collection is no different.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE / THE NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION RESONATE WITH KARIMOKU CASE STUDY AS A COLLECTION? WHAT DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND VALUES DO YOU SHARE?

The Norman Foster Foundation, of which I am President, and the practice of Foster + Partners of which I am the Founder and Executive Chairman are separate in every way- legally and financially .They are headquartered in different cities, Madrid and London respectively, However, as an individual, I philosophically bridge both entities and my love of craftsmanship and interest in sustainability resonates with Karimoku Case Study There is, by helpful coincidence, also a Japanese-like quality of calm and understatement about the Foster Retreat, to which this range of furniture contributes.

FOR BOTH, THE NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION AND THE LIFESTYLE COLLECTION KARIMOKU CASE STUDY, SUSTAINABILITY IS CENTRAL TOPIC. IS THIS RESONATED IN THE FOSTER RETREAT?

Yes. Sustainability has always been at the heart of all the projects and designs that I have been close to. The Karimoku NF Collection is no different.

Norman Foster

Norman Foster is Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. Over more than five decades, the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism through a wide range of work, from masterplans to offices, cultural buildings, airports and industrial design. He has been awarded architecture’s highest accolades, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Japan, the RIBA Royal Gold medal and the AIA Gold medal. He is president of the Norman Foster Foundation, based in Madrid. In 1999 he was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

Foster + Partners is an international practice with a worldwide reputation for thoughtful and pioneering design. The practice has never drawn a distinction between architecture and industrial design. The point of contact, the thing that you touch, is as important as the broader vision. The industrial design team established in 1980, has developed a wide range of products from door handles to wind turbines; from a fountain pen to the cabin of an executive jet; from a tap to the fit-out of an ocean yacht. Frequently, products are designed in response to a particular project, but we also work directly with clients on product commissions or with companies to develop new products for commercial manufacture.

Norman Foster

Norman Foster is Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. Over more than five decades, the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism through a wide range of work, from masterplans to offices, cultural buildings, airports and industrial design. He has been awarded architecture’s highest accolades, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Japan, the RIBA Royal Gold medal and the AIA Gold medal. He is president of the Norman Foster Foundation, based in Madrid. In 1999 he was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

Foster + Partners is an international practice with a worldwide reputation for thoughtful and pioneering design. The practice has never drawn a distinction between architecture and industrial design. The point of contact, the thing that you touch, is as important as the broader vision. The industrial design team established in 1980, has developed a wide range of products from door handles to wind turbines; from a fountain pen to the cabin of an executive jet; from a tap to the fit-out of an ocean yacht. Frequently, products are designed in response to a particular project, but we also work directly with clients on product commissions or with companies to develop new products for commercial manufacture.