Norman Foster and the Trustees of the non-profit Norman Foster Foundation have announced that the new independent institution for interdisciplinary research, education, and projects in the fields of architecture, design, and urbanism will open its headquarters in Madrid in June 2017. To mark the inauguration, the Foundation will present the day-long global forum Future is Now, bringing together leading design practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and artists. The Forum will address tomorrow’s foreseeable social, economic, and design challenges and how they are affecting our interactions today with the built environment. Norman Foster and the Trustees have also announced the appointment of the inaugural Director, architectural historian and curator Maria Nicanor, who joins the Foundation from London´s V&A Museum and New York´s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Foundation believes in the importance of connecting architecture, design, technology, and the arts to better serve society, and is committed to the value of a holistic education that encourages experimentation through research and projects. Since 1999, the Norman Foster Foundation in London has provided yearly travelling fellowships through London´s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to encourage architecture students and scholars to travel anywhere in the world to pursue research about the future of cities.