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Norman Foster pays tribute to Steve Jobs

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Norman Foster has said he was ‘greatly privileged’ to have known Apple chairman and co-founder Steve Jobs who died this morning following a battle with cancer

Foster described Jobs as the ‘ultimate perfectionist’ and said: ‘We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him’

He added: ‘He encouraged us to develop new ways of looking at design’.

Foster + Partners is working on a new doughnut-shaped headquarters for the computer giant in Cupertino, California. Steve Jobs was born in 1955 and died aged 56 after following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He co-founded Apple computers in the late 1970s.

Norman Foster’s tribute to Steve Jobs

With my colleagues I would like to pay tribute to Steve Jobs. Like so many millions our lives have been profoundly and positively influenced by the innovations pioneered by Steve and Apple, names which are inseparable.

We were greatly privileged to know Steve as a person, as a friend and in every way so much more than a client. Steve was an inspiration and a role model. He encouraged us to develop new ways of looking at design to reflect his unique ability to weave backwards and forwards between grand strategy and the minutiae of the tiniest of internal fittings. For him no detail was small in its significance and he would be simultaneously questioning the headlines of our project together while he delved into its fine print.

He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors.

Foster + Partners' headquarters for the computer giant in Cupertino, California

Foster + Partners’ headquarters for Apple in Cupertino, California

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