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[Sir Norman Foster -- 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureat]
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    "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)

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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)

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    "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)

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  • unruffled arrogance
    "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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