Professor the Lord Foster of Thames Bank OM delivered his lecture on 'Heritage and Lessons' as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Architecture on Monday 28 November 2011 in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre at the Saïd Business School.
Lord Foster's lecture was followed on Tuesday 29 November by a symposium convened by the School of Geography and the Environment. The title of the symposium was 'The Future of Airport Capacity' and contributors included experts in infrastructure, environment and planning.
Norman Foster is one of the most important architects practising in the world today. He is chairman and founder of Foster + Partners, based in London, with project offices worldwide. Over the past four decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. He became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in 2002. In 2009, he became the 29th laureate of the prestigious Prince of Asturias award for the Arts.