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It is nearly 40 years since Norman Foster attended masterclasses on the top floor of Louis Kahn's University Art Gallery at Yale. The influence of Kahn has surfaced many times since in Foster's own work, and is certainly apparent in Foster & Partners' new medical and biological research building at Imperial College, London. Opened last autumn, the Sir Alexander Fleming Building is something of a hybrid, combining heavily used undergraduate teaching facilities with more specialised provision ...

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