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Foster up for FT's 'influential European' poll

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Norman Foster has taken his place among the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II as a candidate for the title 'most influential European of the last 25 years'.

Foster has been included in a list of people nominated by the Financial Times as those who have made the most impact on the continent in the past quarter of a century.

The public is being asked to vote on the 23 candidates, who also include Francois Mitterand, Jacques Delors and Silvio Berlusconi.

Other cultural figures include Luciano Pavarotti, Gunter Grass and Pedro Almodovar.

In his citation, Foster is described as 'one of Europe's leading cultural figures with the power to transform entire cities'.

'It is not only that Foster is Europe's pre-eminent architect, but that he has made architecture, design and urbanism a subject that governments and citizens cannot ignore.

'Foster has transformed the image of the British architect, from gentleman amateur to a brilliant designer, synthesising engineering, design flair and green thinking, and one who makes an admirable profit, ' it adds.

Norman Foster told the AJ this week: 'It is a great honour to be nominated amongst such distinguished company. It is also good for architecture and urbanism.'

Polling closes tomorrow and the winner will be announced at the end of the month.

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