Over the next six days the AJ takes a look at the architects who have made the headlines this year. Next up: Norman Foster
This year saw Foster recognised by the AJ for his contribution to British architecture over the past two decades winning the AJ120 20 Years of Excellence Award.
As well as seeing his practice, Foster + Partners, top the AJ120 chart for the fourth consecutive year, Foster himself was voted the working architect most admired by all the other firms participating in the annual chart countdown for eight years running.
This year the practice saw a raft of new projects taking shape. Its new offices for Bloomberg in the City of London topped out after more than five million man hours of work on the massive site. While it also completed schemes in Buenos Aires, Bordeaux, and the UAE’s pavilion at the Milan Expo.
Foster + Partners’ charitable arm also revealed its plans for a futuristic droneport in Rwanda. The drones will be used to reach areas of Africa inaccessible by road, carrying blood and life-saving supplies over 100 kilometres ‘at minimal cost’.
The chart-topping firm was also revealed as the architect behind Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Stadium.
Sadly the practice narrowly missed out in a NASA-run competition to design a new Mars base, finishing behind a team with roots in Columbia University’s Space Studio which proposed building new structures from subsurface Mars ice.