Uber-architect Lord Norman Foster has won the 2011 Save the Children Award, presented by Save the Children Spain at a ceremony in Madrid.
The annual awards recognise outstanding individuals that help to build a better world for children. Lord Foster has been recognised for his longstanding relationship with the charity and his humanitarian work.
In 2008, Foster + Partners started working with Save the Children, along with Article 25 and Buro Happold, to establish a design prototype for a school in Sierra Leone.
The project aims to help to improve education in one of the world’s poorest countries and will create a series of highly flexible buildings with larger classrooms, effective ventilation and natural light. The design is being jointly funded by Foster + Partners, Article 25 and Buro Happold and construction will be financed by the Foster family.
The practice has also been involved with Save the Children through the design of a Christmas tree, which was auctioned in 2006 to raise £17,000.
Lord Foster said: “It is a privilege to receive this award from Save the Children, an organisation we have worked closely with for a number of years. As architects, our starting point is always to try to improve the quality of people’s lives. In Sierra Leone we recognised the urgent need for school buildings that could be both affordable and sustainable. That led us to develop a pilot school, which we hope will provide a model for communities throughout the country.”