Norman Robert Foster (°Manchester, June 1, 1935) is a British architect who won the Pritzker Prize in 1999.
In 1956, Foster began study at the School of Architecture and City Planning, part of the University of Manchester. He was ineligible for a maintenance grant, so he took part-time jobs to fund his studies, including an ice-cream salesman, bouncer, and night shifts at a bakery making crumpets.
After graduating in 1961, Foster won the Henry Fellowship to Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut, where he met future business partner Richard Rogers and earned his master’s degree. At the suggestion of Vincent Scully, the pair travelled across America for a year.