Calatrava Honoured

Valencian born architect Santiago Calatrava, has been awarded the 2015 European Architecture Prize.

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design will present the award at a ceremony to be held at the World Trade Center in New York on November 17th 2015.

Described as “one of the world’s foremost visionary, utopian, and iconic architects today”, Santiago joins other prestigious creators who have, in the words of the prize donors, forwarded the principles of European humanism.

Last year, the European Prize for Architecture was given to the Italian, Alessandro Mendini.

Following his first major commission in 1983, the design and construction of Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, Calatrava designed and built a bridge for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, after which he opened offices for his company in Zurich, Paris, Valencia, and later New York.

In Valencia he is best known for the City of Arts and Sciences and the Alameda underground station and the bridge above it, erroneously referred to by most people as the Calatrava Bridge.

According to Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of the Chicago Athenaeum, “Calatrava is more than just an architect. He is a visionary theorist, philosopher, and utopian and a true artist in the craft of engineering and architectonic expressionism. His buildings are not just ‘buildings.’ They are powerful works of art; inspired by a master’s gifted hand and sculpted by a superior, critical eye; immensely evocative and fiercely intellectual.”

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