Iconic Architecture and the Urban Development, Keynote by Santiago Calatrava
25 October | 7 - 8pm
The Atrium, Building 4, Dubai Design District (d3)
Calatrava has been selected as the designer of the UAE National Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. His cutting edge design is the latest stage in a 150 year old tradition of architectural vision at World Expos.
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.
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.
Since 2000, Santiago Calatrava has worked on numerous projects in Argentina, Belgium, Spain, USA, Greece, Holland, England, Israel, Switzerland and Norway. He is currently developing projects, all in either the design or construction phase, in Belgium, Brazil, Qatar, China, USA and Italy.
Santiago Calatrava has received numerous prizes and awards from renowned institutions and organizations such as the UIA Auguste Perret Prize in 1987, The Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Royal College of Art “Sir Misha Black Medal” (2002), the Principe de Asturias Art Prize, Oviedo. He also received AIA Gold Medal (2005), the Premio Nacional de Arquitectura (2005), the Grande Médaille d’Or d’Architecture, Académie d’Architecture (2003) and the AIA National Medal (2012).
Santiago Calatrava’s personal contribution has been recognized by many renowned institutions and organizations. He was named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum in 1993 and was named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2005.
At an academic level, Santiago Calatrava is a permanent guest lecturer at Universities such as the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), MIT School of Architecture and Design, University of Yale, Azrieli School of Architecture in Tel Aviv and Columbia University in the city of New York. Throughout his career so far, he has received over 20 honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) from many of the most prestigious universities around the world.