Santiago Calatrava Valls (Benimamet, Valencia, Spain, 1951) obtained a degree in Fine Arts from the universities of Valencia and Paris. He was awarded a degree in Architecture in 1974 and subsequently graduated in Civil Engineering in 1979.
Besides his acclaimed work as an architect in several countries, he has also played an outstanding role in teaching as professor at the Institute of Construction Statics in Zurich.
On a professional level, he has Architecture and Engineering studies in Paris, Zurich and Valencia. He has undertaken large-scale works, especially bridges, stations, airports and exhibition centres.
Member of the Europa Akademie and of the Fazlur Rhaman Vihan International, he has received a great many awards, such as the Augusto Perret Award from the International Union of Architects, the international “Vereinigungg fur Brückenhan und Hochabn” Award from Switzerland, the Fritz Schumacher Award from Germany, the 1988 FAD award, the 1994 Urban Design Award conferred by the City of Toronto (Canada), the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1996, the Gold Medal from The Concrete Society in 1999, the 2006 Leadership Prize from the New York Building Congress for his work in the city’s ground zero site, the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts from the Royal Academies of San Carlos in 2002, the 2005 Gold Medal from the US Architects Institute and the LEAF Award’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from Leading European Architecture Forum.