Spencer studied at Cambridge University, joining the practice in 1973. He set up Foster + Partners’ Hong Kong office in 1979 for the Hongkong Bank project, returning in 1981 to work on Stansted Airport and the Sackler Galleries at the RA. Since then he has worked on a wide range of cultural, civic, education and masterplan projects, including the Great Court, the Sage and MFA Boston. He is visiting Professor of Design at Cambridge University and a Royal Academician. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys music, opera, the theatre and travel.