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[Sir Norman Foster -- 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureat]
- late starter
"His interest in architecture began as a teenager when he read a
history of design by Frederick Gibberd. His first job, in the Treasury Department of Manchester Town Hall, introduced him to this
Victorian structure and its technical workings. National Service in the Royal Air Force trained him in electronics and aviation." (Bonnie Churchill, csm_99.04.15)
- Horatio Alger
"Out of the service, he worked at an architectural firm in Manchester, John Beardshaw & Partners.
'I was in the contracts department. It was only after I talked with a young architect apprentice and I mentioned Frank Lloyd Wright's name,
and he asked if that was another apprentice at the firm, I got the courage to show my drawings to a partner and was moved up to the drawing office.' ..." (Norman Foster, in Bonnie Churchill, csm_99.04.15)
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["John Andrews in America - Australian Architecture's ..."]
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"Whether by design or sheer good fortune, John Andrews arrived in
Canada well ahead of the 1967 Montreal World Expo,
in time to catch and ride out the great wave of Canadian self-discovery,
national confidence and boom in the economy ...
and he brought with him -- to his advantage -- a forthright,
macho style in common with the New York-based art critic, Robert Hughes."
(Philip Drew, aaus_00.05.00)
"Astute manipulation of the print media put his
Scarborough project on the cover of the Canadian edition of Time magazine.
..."(Philip Drew, aaus_00.05.00)
- signs of stiffening
"To measure Andrews' significance is
not easy. His offices have been extremely prolific, with inevitable ... disparities in architectural quality. At his best, notably in
the decade after 1963, ... he
earned his status as ... an architect who
expressed himself with great forcefulness and verve. He was the first
Australian to achieve such recognition and if, later, the intensity drops
off and he tires, and the works become more predictable ..." (Philip Drew, aaus_00.05.00)
"Philip Drew ... worked in Professor Richard Strong's landscape office next to John
Andrews' studio in Toronto during the mid-1960s." (Philip Drew, aaus_00.05.00)
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"He was the kind of architect the board so far had scrupulously avoided: young and inexperienced,
and the board valued age and experience; contemptuous of the approach to building in terms of style,
and the board had a collective preference for homogenized Georgian; abrupt and unapologetic in his
presentation of a scheme, and the board valued a smooth sales pitch."
(Claude Bissell, President of the University of Toronto, "Halfway Up Parnassus," 1971,
in Jennifer Taylor "Architecture a Performing Art," 1982)
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