Norman Foster, American Air Museum
This building is shaped as a section of a torus, formed from a curved concrete roof 90 m (300 ft) wide, 18.5 m (61 ft) high and 100 m (330 ft) deep. The dimensions of the building were dictated by the need to accommodate the museum's B-52 Stratofortress bomber with its 61 m (200 ft) wingspan and a tail 16 m (52 ft) high.
British architect Norman Robert Foster was born in Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire in 1935. Foster’s first job was an office junior in the Treasurer's Department at the Manchester Town Hall. In 1956 Foster started to study at the University of Manchester School of Architecture and City Planning and later the Yale School of Architecture. Foster Associates was established in 1967 in London and was renamed later to Foster and Partners. From 1968 to 1983 Foster collaborated with American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
. Foster became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999. Foster and Partners currently has 20 offices in various countries.