How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Norman Foster is the Steve Jobs of architecture. His firm, Foster + Partners, employs 1,000 and is responsible for a body of work so massive, so influential and so technically accomplished it is hard to be believed.

His personal life would make a Bond villan jealous: Knighted and given the title of Baron Foster of Thames Bank, he is now referred to as Lord Foster. He owns an 18th-century chateau in Switzerland and a home on a cliff in the South of France (with a giant sliding glass wall). Some days he commutes to his architecture firm’s London offices by helicopter; he is a long-time licensed pilot.

His effect on Washington, DC is recent. Foster is responsible for the Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery (see our pictures HERE), one of the most spectacular spaces in the city. His firm also has a hand in the under construction CityCenterDC, one of the largest urban projects in the United States.

Not surprisingly, a documentary has been made about him; I cannot wait to see it.