Dezeen's guide to high-tech architecture

Our high-tech architecture series profiles the architects and buildings of one of the 20th century’s most influential architecture movements.

High-tech is a style that emerged in the UK in the late 1960s. Taking advantage of advances in structural engineering, high-tech architects including Norman Foster and Richard Rogers emphasised structural elements as well as services and features such as lifts and stairs that are usually hidden.

Key early buildings that helped define the high-tech style include the 1977 Centre Pompidou in Paris, designed by Rogers and Renzo Piano, and the 1978 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, by Norman and Wendy Foster.