Lord Norman Foster paid tribute to Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who died last week, citing him as “an inspiration and role model”.
Foster + Partners is working for Apple on its new campus in Cupertino, California (pictured). The designs for the spaceship-esque scheme were revealed this summer with completion slated for 2015.
In a statement, Foster said: “We were greatly privileged to know Steve as a person, as a friend and in every way so much more than a client. 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 brand 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.”
Foster continued: “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.”
In 2004, Jobs revealed that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. He died on Wednesday 5th October 2011 aged 56.