26 April 2017
Lord Foster received the Freedom of the City of London at the Guildhall today, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to contemporary architecture. The Freedom is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade. Today, people are nominated for the Freedom, because it offers them a link with the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.
Lord Foster received a Freedom by Special Nomination from the City of London Corporation pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to London life and public life.
Norman Foster, Lord Foster of Thames Bank:
“I am humbled by this very special honour, which is a unique facet of London’s age-old conventions. 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.”
Deputy Michael Welbank, Chief Commoner of the City of London Corporation, said:
“Norman Foster’s technically superb and visionary designs, not to mention the astonishing breadth of his work, have ensured his position as one of the world’s most respected architects. With a zest for life and no signs of slowing down as he approaches his 82nd birthday, it is our privilege to pay tribute to his outstanding work, some of which adds distinction to the Square Mile’s skyline. My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming him to the Guildhall for his Freedom ceremony.”
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