The Archive in the Foundation’s headquarters in Madrid was established in 2015, and its work is ongoing. The archive staff are responsible for the cataloguing, conservation and dissemination of the architectural records of Norman Foster.
The documentation included in the archives covers all aspects of architecture, art, design, engineering, landscape and urban planning, being a primary source for scientific study of these disciplines, as well as an important part of their collective heritage. It also establishes an important legacy providing a memory of the city, a testimony of the professionals whose work it documents—and the procedures used—and a learning resource and inspiration for students of these disciplines.
Chronologically, the archive’s holdings span from the 1950s to the present day. Materials relate to work from Norman Foster’s student years at the universities of Manchester and Yale; projects and proposals by the firms he founded (Team 4, Foster Associates, Sir Norman Foster and Partners and Foster + Partners); work from the Norman Foster Foundation; and utopian proposals created over many years with collaborators such as Buckminster Fuller and Otl Aicher.
Complementing and supporting the works from Norman Foster and the practices he has founded, the archive also holds important drawings and models from other significant architects such as Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller, Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid, and Tadao Ando.