Norman Foster, Chairman + Founder of Foster + Partners, released a statement today paying tribute to Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who died last night at age 56. Foster + Partners is building the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California.
"Steve was an inspiration and a role model. He encouraged us to develop new ways of looking at design to reflect his unique ability to weave backwards and forwards between grand strategy and the minutiae of the tiniest of internal fittings. For him no detail was small in its significance and he would be simultaneously questioning the headlines of our project together whilst he delved into its fine print," wrote Foster.
"He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors."
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