Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM, FRIBA, RDI, (born 1 June 1935) is a British architect whose company maintains an international design practice.
Foster was born in Reddish, Stockport, England, to a working-class family. He was naturally gifted and performed well at school and took an interest in architecture, particularly in the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.Leaving school at 16, he worked in the Manchester City Treasurer’s office before joining National Service in the Royal Air Force. After he was discharged, in 1956 Foster attended the University of Manchester’s School of Architecture and City Planning (graduating in 1961). Later, he won the Henry Fellowship to the Yale School of Architecture, where he met former business partner Richard Rogers and earned his Master’s degree.
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