The Archive in the Foundation’s headquarters in Madrid was established in 2015, and its work is ongoing. It is responsible for the conservation and dissemination of the architectural records of Norman Foster.
The establishment and work of the Archive in the Foundation’s headquarters in Madrid commenced in 2015 and is ongoing. It is responsible for the conservation and dissemination of the architectural records of Norman Foster. Since 2015, over 74,028 items have been inventoried, with ongoing work on the conservation, cataloguing and digitising of a wide range of materials. Phases 1 through 3 will be completed by the end of 2017, with Phases 4 and 5 scheduled to commence in early 2018.
The Archive is available online through an open database accessible to researchers and scholars worldwide. The Archive database has been built following international OAI-PMH guidelines. (Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
The Archive holds a great variety of materials, including drawings and plans; photographic materials; models; correspondence, personal sketchbooks and memorabilia.
The Archive’s holdings span chronologically from the 1950s through the present day. Materials relate to work from Norman Foster’s student years at Manchester and Yale University; utopian proposals created with lifelong collaborators such as Buckminster Fuller; and projects and proposals by the firms founded by Norman Foster, including Team 4, Foster Associates, Sir Norman Foster and Partners and Foster + Partners.
The Norman Foster Foundation also houses a reference Library with a diverse selection of publications that have either inspired or documented the work of Norman Foster throughout the span of his sixty-year career.