UK architect and the recently opened Apple Store Dubai Mall designer, Lord Norman Foster has been given the Freedom of the City of London, the highest honour in the power of UK’s capital.
Foster was presented with the accolade at a ceremony at Guildhall in recognition of his outstanding contribution to contemporary architecture.
Formally titled Lord Foster of Thames Bank, the 81-year-old has designed some of the London’s best-known sites, including the Gherkin, City Hall, the Millennium Bridge and Wembley Stadium.
Lord Foster said he was “humbled by this very special honour” that dates back to 1237, adding: “The City of London is steeped in several centuries of history, a fact that is reflected in the buildings that surround us, and its rich traditions that are alive and well today.”
Christopher Hayward, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s planning and transportation committee said: “During a career that has spanned five decades, Norman Foster has left an indelible mark on major cities across the globe by designing visually stunning buildings that stand as monuments to his remarkable talent.
“His passion for his work is abundantly clear, and we are delighted to admit him into the freedom of the City of London to recognise his legacy.”
Foster + Partners has recently opened its office in the Middle East, in the Dubai Design District (d3), alongside Zaha Hadid Architects and Calatrava International. The architecture firm is behind some key projects in the d3 area, such as the Creative Community and the region’s first design school, DIDI.