Foster, who teamed up with Seattle-based practice URS on the victorious competition bid, saw off big-hitters Gensler and HKS to land the project to mastermind a new terminal for Richard Branson's pioneering space tourism company Virgin Galactic.
Contest organisers The New Mexico Spaceport Authority had originally expected to unveil the winner at a press conference last Friday (27 July). However, an announcement was postponed following the fatal explosion of a prototype rocket at the Spaceport's test base in California the day before (26 July) ( Rocket test pad explosion leaves Foster hanging in the balance over Spaceport designs ).
Speaking about the victory Foster said: 'We are absolutely thrilled to be part of the dynamic team chosen to design the world's first space terminal.
'This technically complex building will not only provide a dramatic experience for the astronauts and visitors, but will set an ecologically-sound model for future Spaceport facilities.'
Back in April the AJ revealed that Foster & Partners had already worked on an early concept design for the Spaceport, but had been forced to re-enter its scheme as part of an international contest launched because of state procurement rules (AJ 19.04.07).
The first images of the new facility will be revealed later this month.