This week we visited the headquarters of one of the world’s largest international architectural firms, Foster and Partners. They are responsible for some of the most incredible buildings and monuments all around the world, such as the iconic Gherkin building and the British Museum in London, the Hearst Tower in New York City, and Mexico City International Airport and so many more. I mean most of their work has become so iconic that I didn’t realize there are great architects, engineers and designers behind their existence – like a gift from God or something, you know? I mean, how on earth was the Millau Viaduct bridge in south of France designed and constructed? Unreal.
They have about 1500 employees world-wide, with 14 offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They consist of architectural, structural, environmental engineering, interior and industrial design studios and perform project management, innovative research and workplace consultancy. The building and the offices facing the Albert Bridge (probably the prettiest bridge in London) looked amazing! I think every single one of us, including our lecturer, would have liked to work there.
They were voted the top companies to work for several times and they are proud to adapt Sustainability as the central theme of all their projects. They educate their employees to be environmentally responsible, creative and innovative. They have a team of 11 material researchers for their Materials Centre and a huge studio dedicated to model making with laser-cutting machines, 3D printers, etc. The project managers sometimes juggle 28 international projects at a time where they lead their teams through the ideation process, schematic design, revisions, execution and construction where there is a lot of traveling involved as well.