Norman Foster Sketchbooks 1975-2020
The Norman Foster Foundation presents the introductory volume of Norman Foster Sketchbooks 1975-2020, a new series reflecting Fosters career from the 1970s until nowadays, through his personal sketchbooks.
Norman Foster is a born draughtsman, specially gifted for sketching, and his drawings are particularly brilliant in their capacity for synthesis. describes Jorge Sainz. As he puts it, His graphism has certainly evolved through time, but it maintains that economy of means characteristic of people who, besides a good hand for drawing, have very clear ideas.
Edited by Jorge Sainz, Norman Foster Sketchbooks 1975-2020 is the introductory title from a compilation of several volumes that will follow the work of Norman Foster in chronological decades, with two volumes published each year.
The architectural sketchbook is a place where a particular kind of drawing happens; it is something very personal, reflective and portable. Through the sketches, drawings and notes, readers can trace how Fosters complex concepts are made manifest and develop on paper.
This introductory volume of the Norman Foster Foundations Sketchbooks series presents more than 546 drawings, making this a comprehensive collection of Fosters sketchbook drawings from which he offers insights into the design process of not only his most influential projects but also of his inspirations.
Norman Foster (Manchester, 1935) is the founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. He was born in Manchester, and after graduating in Architecture and City Planning from Manchester University in 1961, he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Masters Degree in Architecture. He is president of the Norman Foster Foundation, based in Madrid with a global reach, promoting interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers and urbanists anticipate the future.
Jorge Sainz (Madrid, 1955) is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Composition at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), where he has headed the Architectural Composition Department (2012-2020) and teaches the subjects An Introduction to Architecture and Degree Diploma Project. He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and works as editor and translator.