Santiago Calatrava

Calatrava International, Principal | Zurich, Switzerland

About

Architect, Artist and Engineer Santiago Calatrava was born in 1951 in Valencia, Spain. He earned a degree in architecture at Valencia’s Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura and in 1975 he enrolled at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich, receiving his Ph.D. in 1981 with the thesis: Concerning the Foldability of Space Frames.

After completing his studies, he opened his first office in Zurich in 1981 and took on small engineering commissions. He also began to enter competitions with his first winning proposal in 1983 for the design and construction of Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich. In 1984, Calatrava designed the Bach de Roda Bridge in Barcelona, which was the first of the bridge projects that established his international reputation.

Calatrava established his firm’s second office in Paris in 1989 when he was working on the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport…

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CTBUH Roles

Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker (Middle East 2018)

Awards Symposium, Speaker (2015)

Videos

21 October 2018

A Monument to the World: Dubai Creek Tower

The Dubai Creek Tower’s monumental design is influenced by the natural forms of the lily and evokes the shape of a minaret, a distinctive architectural...

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Videos

15 January 2016

Monthly Video: Turning Torso

Thursday 12th November 2015. Chicago, IL. Santiago Calatrava discusses the 2015 CTBUH 10 Year Award Winner, Turning Torso during the 2015 CTBUH Awards Symposium at...

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Research

20 October 2018

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal...

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