Santiago Calatrava: Exploring the Art of Construction

October 27, 2016 – March 30, 2017 at Georgia Tech


Santiago Calatrava’s current exhibition brings together a unique selection of models, as well as architectural and artistic drawings that display the conception and design of 13 selected projects from around the world and in the USA. The exhibition includes bridges, skyscrapers, cultural centers, a terminal station and a sport complex.

Calatrava’s works are remarkable as they present a multidisciplinary approach, combining architecture, sculpture, art and engineering with great artistic sensitivity and technological innovation. His projects inspire one’s emotional perceptions due to his innovative aesthetical language he encompasses.

This exhibition invites the public, in particular the Georgia Institute of Technology students, to get to know more closely the design development of selected Calatrava works. It asks the visitors to question how engineering and architecture can do much more than just serve its required functions.

Exhibit Information

October 27, 2016 - March 30, 2017

Exhibit closed for Spring Break, March 20-24.

Monday 2pm - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Wednesday 12pm - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 12pm


Exhibit Location

Georgia Institute of Technology
​Caddell Building, 1st floor Flex Space
280 Ferst Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

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About Santiago Calatrava

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

Santiago Calatrava established his firm’s second office in Paris in 1989 when he was working on the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport Station (1989–1994). In 1991, he won a competition in Valencia for a large cultural complex and urban intervention – the City of Arts and Sciences, which has now become the most visited cultural complex in Spain.

In 2004, following Santiago Calatrava’s first building in the United States – the expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1994 – he opened an office in New York City. Further projects in the United States include the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California, the bridges over the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City. Later commissions in the USA include the first building for the Florida Polytechnic University’s new campus and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at the World Trade Center in New York City.

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.