After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 Norman Foster won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. In 1967 he established Foster Associates, which has since evolved as Foster + Partners, where he continues as Executive Chairman.
He became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Tokyo in 2002. In 2009, he became the 29th laureate of the prestigious Prince of Asturias award for the Arts and was awarded the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1997 he was appointed by the Queen of the United Kingdom to the Order of Merit and in 1999 was honoured with a peerage, taking the title of Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He curated the Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition at the 2016 International Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2014, he was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 to 2014.
He is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and the USA, was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curator of the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007. He was also a member of the Urban Task Force which produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities.
Luis Fernández-Galiano is an architect, chair professor at Madrid’s School of Architecture, ETSAM, and editor of the journals AV/Arquitectura Viva. Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, he is an International Fellow of the RIBA, and has been Cullinan Professor at Rice, Franke Fellow at Yale, a visiting scholar at the Getty Center, and a visiting critic at Princeton, Harvard, and the Berlage Institute. President of the jury at the Venice Biennale and of the Aga Khan Award, he has also been a juror in the competitions for the National Library of Mexico, the National Art Museum of China, the National Library of Israel, and the Noble Qur’an Oasis in Madinah. Among his books are Fire and Memory, Spain Builds, and Atlas: Architectures of the 21st Century.
Elena Ochoa Foster is a publisher and curator. She founded Ivorypress in 1996.
As a patron, she supports a variety of museums and foundations and collaborates with several international schools of contemporary art and photography. She is the Chair of the Council of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and serves as Correspondent Academician in Switzerland for the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.
Elena Ochoa Foster was a tenured Professor at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid for almost two decades. She was a Fulbright Scholar and researcher in several universities in the United States and Europe.