World renowned civil engineer Santiago Calatrava to visit Georgia Tech on Dec. 13

Santiago Calatrava

World-renowned architect, sculptor, and civil engineer Santiago Calatrava will visit Georgia Tech to speak about his unique philosophy of design on Friday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Because this event is anticipated to draw an overflow crowd, it has been changed to a new location: LeCraw Auditorium at the Scheller School of Business (5th and W. Peachtree).

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

Educated as a civil engineer, Calatrava is well-known for his one-of-a-kind architectural designs, including Spain's Montjuic Communications Tower (a part of the 1992 Olympic installation), Canada's Allen Lambert Galleria and the Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has also designed a futuristic train station, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

Born in Spain, Calatrava now lives in New York City but has offices in Paris and Zürich. He began his formal instruction at the Arts and Crafts School. and continued his studies at the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Valencia, where he earned a degree in architecture and took a postgraduate course in urbanism. In 1979, he earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.

Calatrava has designed more than 50 bridges throughout Europe and a multitude of public buildings throughout the world. He has won numerous awards for his designs, which are often defined by their wave- or bird-like characteristics and asymmetry.