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Vishaan Chakrabarti (left) and Norman Foster (right)

Norman Foster in conversation with Vishaan Chakrabarti

Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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For this lecture, world-renowned architect Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners and the Norman Foster Foundation, and CED's dean Vishaan Chakrabarti will discuss Foster's lifetime trajectory, particularly in relation to the arts, culminating in his work with his own Foundation, which promotes interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers and urbanists to anticipate the future. 

Presented by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the William W. Wurster Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Simultaneously he serves as the Founder and Creative Director of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Vishaan’s professional portfolio spans major new academic and institutional commissions; a mixed use village in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; a 100% social housing neighborhood in East New York including supportive housing for the formerly homeless; a master plan for the area surrounding Michigan Central Station in Detroit; attainable housing in Newark; the master plan and first buildings at both the Domino Sugar and Essex Crossing sites in New York; and a range of celebrated public spaces and waterfronts. In addition to their commissioned work, PAU takes on numerous pro-bono social advocacy projects; more about the firm’s work can be found on their website, here. 

Norman Foster is the founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. He also chairs the practice’s Design Board which provides strategic design direction to all projects. He was born in Manchester, and after graduating in Architecture and City Planning from Manchester University in 1961, he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.